You are free to choose your own vision

In daily life, each of us is a vehicle for something. Our choices of values determine the kinds of vehicles we are, the way we move in the world and relate to each other. All individuals (and organizations) are free to choose values that they feel are important, that express their vision.

(A quote from the book, Zen at Work.)

My oldest sister is five years older than I am, and when she was in high school she was involved in activities outside of school, like the foreign student exchange program. I was an extreme introvert and could never imagine myself doing those things, but she was very involved in making our community a better place, and I was proud of her.

Back then I didn’t know that I was free to choose my own vision ... the mental weight of being an extreme introvert kept me from seeing that. I may always struggle with being an introvert, but these days I understand that I can choose my own vision, and I do so consciously.

The fundamental delusions

I saw this quote by Naval Ravikant:

“The fundamental delusion - there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.”

and it reminded me of this quote by Zen Master Yasutani Roshi:

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”

Why can’t I drink saltwater?

Why is it that I can eat salty potato chips with a glass of water, but I can’t drink a glass of saltwater?

Rules for being human (life lessons, and living)

An interesting image I saw on a friend's Facebook page, with these "rules":

  • You will receive a body.
  • You will learn lessons.
  • There are no mistakes, only lessons.
  • A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
  • Learning lessons does not end.
  • 'There' is no better than 'here'.
  • Others are merely mirrors of you.
  • What you make of your life is up to you.
  • The answers lie inside of you.


Perception and human limitations: The next step in the evolution of how I view the world

A friend of mine mentioned something the other day that has resonated with me quite a bit. I don't remember who he was talking about -- a person in the military I think -- but he mentioned that this person went through interesting lengths to remind himself each day that we see the world through a narrow lens.