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Frustration – Nerdful Mind #8

March 8, 2020 by Simon Mannes

We are dissatisfied when our inner expectations do not match reality.

To fix this, we have two options: either we force reality to match our expectations, or we adjust our expectations.

Forcing reality to match my expectations seems like a hopeless endeavor. There is always more to have, another life to live. With this realization, it seems much more sustainable to learn to be content with what I have.

This does not mean letting go of my plans and dreams for the future. It means letting go of the frustration of not progressing fast enough and instead to be kind to myself and see the progress I already made.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." – Mahatma Gandhi

Reading Recommendations

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What I tell all new programmers

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Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Find a surface that has some texture, like a piece of cloth. Slowly rub your hands over the surface a few times. How does the surface feel?

Then take your hands off the surface. How do your hands feel? Are they still, or are they tingling?

Finally, take the insides of your hands like a book before your eyes. Take two minutes and look at them with genuine interest. What do you see? How do they look like?

We use our hands for most physical activities but seldomly take the time to really feel into them or look at them.

End note

The “trial” for my weekly mindfulness exercise is still ongoing. How is it going for you?

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