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Personal development and the avoidance of extremes April 7, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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By Dennis Mellersh

Both ancient and modern advice on methods for living our lives better suggests that “the middle way” is the most effective and satisfying path to realizing our self-actualization potential

If we do all of our work at breakneck speed, we will make mistakes, burn out, or both

If we drink or eat to excess we will harm our health

If we are too uncompromising, it’s hard to be empathetic

If we are always intense it’s hard to see the value of balance

And, this from Confucius:

The Master said: “When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly. And when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly.” (1)

(1) Confucius, The Analects, translated by David Hinton in his book, The Four Chinese Classics, published by Counterpoint.

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