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Personal growth: Is the uneventful life a key to happiness? July 20, 2017

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In our quest for constant improvement through our personal development efforts, there may be a downside.

Could “more” actually equal “less?”

Would we be better off seeking fewer self-actualization stimuli?

The philosopher/longshoreman Eric Hoffer made the following observation in a moment of self-assessment in an entry in a diary he was keeping:

“Early this morning on my way to work I felt a burning pain in my arms. It seemed to me for a moment that had I been without this pain I would have been wholly happy. In a moment like this I realize how lucky we are when nothing at all – good or bad – happens to us.” (1)

(1) Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfro0nt

— Dennis Mellersh

 

Learning from Confucius: The need for daily self-analysis May 7, 2017

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By Dennis Mellersh

Rigorously learning a plan of personal development and self-improvement, no matter how thorough and profound it is, will not benefit us much if we aren’t honest in our self-appraisal.

If we are not truthful with ourselves, with our inner commitment, in terms of what we are doing outwardly, we are not on a path of growth.

This from Confucius:

“Master Tseng said:
‘Each day I ask three things of myself: Have I been trustworthy in all that I’ve done for other people? Have I stood by my word in dealing with friends? Have I practised all that I’ve been taught?’” (1)

(1) Confucius, the Analects, as translated in David Hinton’s book, The Four Chinese Classics, Counterpoint, Berkeley, California, 2013