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Making the Best of It – Nerdful Mind #52

January 10, 2021 by Simon Mannes

“You should make the best of this.”

But how? And what does it mean?

There's a pandemic going on. We stay at home and hear bad news every day. We can't meet friends and family right now, and some of us have loved ones that are fighting for their health.

How can we possibly make the best of this situation?

“Make the best of it” is just a frame. You need to fill it yourself. And the content is different for everyone, and for each situation.

Whatever situation you're in, find out what you would do now if you could choose freely. What would you do if you'd feel better today, if you were healthier? What about if things were worse?

This helps put things in perspective. It's okay that we don't always act like we're happy, fit, healthy, and that everything is fine.

But asking what you would do if that were the case can lead to interesting insights.

“Give your attention to the experience of seeing rather than to the object seen and you will find yourself everywhere.” - Rupert Spira

Reading Recommendations

The 3 Levels of Self-Awareness

“It's possible to be self-aware to some degree and still be unhappy and unfulfilled. And while self-awareness has many benefits, it is, by itself, not the point. This is how you can cultivate and develop healthy self-awareness in your own life.”

What is the Monkeysphere?

“‘One death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic.’ -Kevin Federline What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere.”

8 Sources of Stress in Software Development

“Working from 8am to 11pm straight was not an exception. Panic attacks were no exception either. It was 10 years ago. I was working in a very small web agency as a beginner web developer, without any prior professional experience. I knew how to code (I was coding little projects for 10 years already) but the pressure of my company was very, very intense.”

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Sit down in a quiet place and close your eyes.

Breathe in deeply, and smile.

Breathe out and relax.

Repeat 10 times, or as long as you want.

End Note

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Have a great week

Simon

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