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All Out Effort - Sam Y. Personal Training
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New Post: No matter how often we hear that we can't take it with us, we still never believe it, not completely. Archaeologists regularly find forgotten kings and rulers still buried with their gold. And our thinking hasn't much changed. Why do people who know something to be true, act as if they do not? The consensus has been: If we did, we would be admitting to ourselves that life is finite, and most of us have not gotten to a place to deal with that truth. Yet that is the basis of most philosophy: In the presence of finitude, how should we carry ourselves?

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New Post: When The Catcher in the Rye was first published, calling people "phony" was all the rage. It was a derogatory term for people who put on a false air, those who were self-important, driven by materialism, achievement, success, reputation, and winning. Yet no one says "phony" anymore because now it more or less describes everyone. (Though I suspect it's what other animals and space aliens call us behind our backs.)

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New Post: In the fall of 2015, my mother passed away. A few days later, during a moment to myself, I wrote her a letter...

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New Post: If you knew you were about to die, what would you want to tell everyone? One advertising executive, Linds Redding, took to his blog and told everyone exactly what he thought. Haunting and a much needed wake up call, to live a life you will not regret.

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New Post: On the surface, The Little Prince is a book about an aviator who crashes in the desert and meets a little boy. Under the surface, The Little Prince is a meditation on loneliness. When one is alone, functions become friends. Life lessons become characters. Ordinary obstacles become beautiful experiences. And effort, even utterly futile effort, is praiseworthy.

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New Post: Education is the acquiring of new information; this takes listening and thinking. "How do I feel about this information?" "Does this change anything I already believe?" "If I disagree, how and why do I disagree?" The beginner's mind is essential to democracy, a system where parties can and are allowed to disagree.

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Have you ever noticed something that no one else saw, but knew it was somehow important? Initially it makes you feel like a weirdo but if you can present it well, it's what becomes a funny joke, a new scientific discovery, it what makes you stand out. Your observation, your unique take is what makes you, you.

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"The rivers and seas are lords of a hundred valleys. This is because their strength is in lowliness. So it is that the perfect master wishing to lead them, he follows. Thus, though he is above them, men do not feel him to be an injury." – Bruce Lee

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How a children's book traumatized my young mind and had me doubting reality. Mind literally blown.

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Life's not a puzzle to be solved, it's meant to be lived and experienced — from end to end.
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