With Sunday in the rear view mirror I feel like some reflections are in order.
I have committed very conscious energy and thought into personal well-being and mindfulness. There are only a few here who, given other options, would choose to stay here, so I feel this is applicable. Even if you aren’t deployed to DJ, I suspect most of us could gain from what I am going to share.
During a commencement address in 2005, Steve Jobs offered to reflect on death, and in the morning ask yourself, “if this were my last day alive, would I do what I’m about to do?” After a few too many days in a row where the answer is “no” you must take action. Watch his address in its entirety and I promise you you’ll thank me, assuming, that is, you haven’t already.
In my own reflections I am torn between money and lifestyle. If I could wake up tomorrow to go tend to my animals, my crops, my woodshop or my machine shop and then make quality breakfast for my family, my answer to the above question would be yes. I don’t think I fell off the track, I’m not sure I was really ever asked the question and not wise enough to consider it deeply enough on my own. My parents might take objection to this, but I think I was raised to think that money leads to happiness, rather than happiness leading to money. What if money was no object? Watch this video to hear it put in better words, and with more inspiration. Then watch this video on what Ben Falk with Whole Systems Design is doing in Vermont. That, to me, is inspirational.
Systems engineering on the homestead and farmstead. That’s brilliant. I could burn 12 hours a day on jobs like that and my only bitch would be that there’s not enough time in the day. My conscience tells me there’s no money in it. What’s a man to do?
A friend of mine sent me the Complete Short Stories of Earnest Hemingway, a great bedside book. During the last two decades of his life, Hemingway lived at Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. That struck a chord for me, Lookout Farm. My ‘stead overlooks the pasture of an old dairy farm, my street is one of the most scenic farming roads in the NH seacoast, so taken literally, the name applies. More figuratively, applications of permaculture farming techniques are looking outside of the box of conventional modern day farming. What if you can improve the quality of soil by growing crops? Big Ag would say it’s impossible. Lastly, once people discover that all the food in the US is grown by 1% of the population, and that most of those 1% are above the age of 60, lookout for the revolution in the agriculture industry. (PS It’s already underway.)
Final Tip: courtesy of the Tim Ferriss. If you implement one thing into your daily routine to improve your mindfulness and quality of life. Make your bed. Easy, just do it. So now you can do two things to improve your mindfulness and quality of life. Start a Five-Minute Journal. Call attention to the world around you and take advantage of every opportunity to steer destiny in the direction you need it to go.
PS Tip: use the time you were going to read meme’s on Facebook today to follow and read all the links above. Then say thank you in the comments section.