Sunday, January 01, 2006
New Year's Resolutions? Well, we know these usually last about as long as it takes to make them. However, here are mine: 1. Take nothing and no one for granted. 2. Work like hell to get it right this time. 3. Remember that happiness is not a destination but a manner of travelling. And finally, 4. (in the words of Miss Piggy) I will never eat more than I can lift.
Here are some "daily affirmations" from Steven Sultanoff, a Mirthologist and Clinical Psychologist: 1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath. 2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia. 3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except for ones that are someone else'e fault. 4. In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal. 5. My intuition makes up for my lack of wisdom and good judgement. 6. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan. whimper, and complain. 7. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding. 8. I am at one with my duality. 9. I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so." 10. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past, but I will spend it worrying about the future.
A New Book: IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: A New Science of Mind, by Eric Kandel. The narrative follows Dr. Kandel through the last five decades, focusing on Vienna, where he became fascinated with memory--his own, history's, and with the neuro-biological processes of memory. Sounds interesting.
ARE NOVELS MORE INTERESTING THAN MOVIES? Everybody says, "The movie was good, but the book was better!" Are the pictures in your mind as you read better than those projected onto the wide screen?
ON THIS FIRST DAY OF 2006: There is a study reported in the Jan.1st issue of The Economist that says going to church is more than its own reward. Jonathan Gruber, an economist at MIT claims that regular church attendance leads to better education, higher income (raising it 10 %), and a lower chance of divorce, because you are less stressed out and better equipped for success. But, is this really a good motivation for going to church?
On this final note, I 'm off to church! You have a good day!