I should try to be an extrovert! I should talk less. Work out more. Less movies. Relax!
We tell ourselves so many things. Nothing wrong. But the danger is in over-monitoring yourself, says an article I read the other day.
I don’t want to tell you whether to monitor yourselves or not. No preaching. Just want to list few things I want to cut out in my life.
I don’t want to cut out things I enjoy doing. Absolutely not. I don’t want to cut out things that are good for me, make me healthy, smart or a better person. What I want to cut out is the crap!
- No boring meetings. If it is boring then mostly you don’t care about it.
- Do not go on a trip to a place you have already been to and not particularly keen on seeing again. Sometimes we do that to please others. The time I get to travel is precious. Cannot waste it.
- Do not go to a party that you probably will probably not enjoy. If drinking until you puke is not your idea of partying, then don’t go to a party where that is the theme!
- Do not switch on TV to check whats on. Switch it on when you know what you want to watch.
- Not a big fan of fries, but ate it yesterday because it came with the entree! If you love the taste but its not healthy, I can still see value in it. If it is healthy but not tasty, I can understand why you are eating it. But if you are not particularly fond of it and it is not healthy – then run away from it! Sounds obvious, but think of what all you ate in the past week.
- Do not check Facebook impulsively. or Whatsap!
- No time for regret. This is the worst way to spend time!
O God, give me the strength to switch off my mobile phone,
not check facebook every hour and ignore the stream of whatsap messages,
be able to stop after one potato chips packet and one episode on netflix,
not get drawn into over dramatized news items and fake reality shows …. 🙂
I have the strength
to accept myself and to get better each day
to try again and start afresh each time
to open my mind to learn and to close it and focus
to speak up when I should and to hold my peace at other times
to commit myself to a cause and to pick my battles
to reach clarity and be lost in thought
to give my best and to switch off
to get what i want and not want too much
to be strong and to be gentle….
I have the strength. I do!
Learning by rote is not useless. Any learning is learning!
As a kid I always argued on the contrary. It took me a long time to understand the subtle benefits. It improves and exercises my memory.
Critical thinking is very important and a crucial part of learning. But learning by rote is just a different side of learning. They both do not have a conflict!
One reason I hated it as a kid was because it was boring. But if you pick interesting and difficult things to memorize, it can be quite absorbing!
So, go find the poem you like….