Dave Pollard’s key actions for a happy life
Posted by fracardi on October 25, 2008
Dave Pollard is really an original writer. I don’t like his catastrophic views, but i do like many things he writes, particularly re: himself and his inner life. Dave builds up structures, and exactly this makes his posts so interesting. For instance, he has developed a list of actions he considers key for a balanced and happy life:
|Sense:||Observe, listen, pay attention, focus, open up your senses, perceive everything that has a bearing on the issue at hand. Connect.|
|Self-control:||Don’t prejudge or jump to conclusions. Don’t lose your cool. Focus.|
|Understand:||Make sure you have the facts and appreciate the context. Things are the way they are for a reason. Know what that reason is. Sympathize.|
|Question:||Ask, don’t tell. Challenge. Think critically.|
|Imagine:||Picture, hear, feel what could be. Be visionary. Every problem is an opportunity. Anything is possible.|
|Offer:||Consider. Give something away. Create options, new avenues to explore. Suggest possibilities. Lend a hand. Help.|
|Collaborate:||Create something together. Solve a problem with a collective answer better than any set of individual answers. Learn to yield, to build on, to bridge, to adapt your thinking.|
It’s difficult to do all these things well and continuously, isn’t it?
To me it’s natural to question, understand, offer, collaborate, but it’s more difficult to imagine and to self-control, and completely unnatural to sense. It’s something is costs me a lot. I will try harder!