It has been suggested that I use the scientific method and apply it to my life, and Life. I take the observations and welcome it as a compliment. I look at how I live, how my beliefs, as far as I am aware of them, have shaped my life; how others live, how their beliefs, expressed and implied, have panned out in their lives. from my perspective; how I think of myself and interact with others; and I try to see what changes would be useful and good for me to make, and work to apply them. Am I always successful? No. But I am between sometimes and often successful. See and live a better life.
Can I, by my thoughts, beliefs, and/ or actions, affect positive change? Can I improve my daily life, the lives of others, and/ or, possibly, Life itself? My experiences have shown me that I can. That, perhaps, we all can.
Thoughts, and openness to trying something new-> beliefs-> how we act-> our lives and that of those in our sphere
A small example. For three years, I took the same route five, sometimes six days a week to work. I was sure I had found the most expeditious, most interesting, least painful way to drive there. Was being smart. The route even involved a shortcut. I had the timing down. I could make it, reliably, as long as I was not caught behind a school bus, as long as a train did not delay me (on two days it did) in eleven minutes. I prided myself on avoiding the most congested areas, the messy traffic circles, on knowing about and taking the shortcut. Then, one day, I asked Google. I asked Google how to get to work even though I, of course, already knew the best way. Unbelievably, but there it was in front of me, it suggested another route. One which took me into the main flow of traffic; one which made me use the two traffic circles. I thought: I might as well try it one day. I left with extra time. I found, to my chagrin but also my delight, that it had fewer traffic lights. Fewer potentially time-delaying traffic lights. No train tracks to cross. Found the best way through the parking lot at the end. This new route proved to be, reliably, a minute, sometimes two, faster; and half a mile shorter. I have since changed my ways. Learned to appreciate traffic circles. Have a new path to work.
I tell this story because I think it demonstrates this point, this practice: that thinking that because one has some experience under one's belt, that thinking that one has life figured out, the better ways of living life all figured, does not necessarily mean one has. For three years, I thought I was being smart, clever, wise. By being open to a new idea when it presented itself, by asking myself if there could possibly be a better way, a new possible/ plausible way of thinking and living, I was opened up to a new and better experiences.
This is a small example. I have found it true in bigger settings, more significant situations also.
LyU essays are my attempts to tell you, the reader, about possible new routes for your life. The belief system implicit in the essays: life can get/ can be better. Sometimes small tweaks make a big, positive difference.
life is an invitation 4 minute read
You do not have to enjoy, to in-joy, your life if you do not want to. I know people who do not.
the most important thing 4 minute read
Something in your life is the most important thing for you to do right now. What is it?
mindset 10 minute read
One's attitude, one's mindset, can make the difference. A positive difference not only in your life experience but also that of the others around you.
the matter of prepositions 15 minute read
The way things are related, how we see and believe they are related, matters. Life is all connected; when we see how we can often influence how to make it better. Even the little words of language can and often do make a difference.
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