Aug 01

Know Thyself

I couldn’t sleep. I turned to my iPad.  On the Medium app I read an article, https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-most-important-skill-nobody-taught-you-9b162377ab77

The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You

which really resonated with me. It has many good quotes, including

According to Pascal, we fear the silence of existence, we dread boredom and instead choose aimless distraction, and we can’t help but run from the problems of our emotions into the false comforts of the mind.

It discusses the perils of being connected and the importance of solitude. Another quote:

We now live in a world where we’re connected to everything except ourselves.

The same author Zat Rana also wrote Everything I Have Learned in 500 Words. https://medium.com/@ztrana/everything-i-have-learned-in-500-words-6c4a5ccbc8e1

It has many good aphorisms. As an aside, I don’t think his 500 words emphasizes building up others enough and the importance of learning.

I like the format and the length and tone of the aphorisms. I’d like to write something similar: Two articles (maybe a third):

  • Important things to know about teaching in 500 words
  • Important things Christianity has taught me in 1000 words.
  • Practical tips I’ve learned in 500 words.

A few random things to include:

  • love often comes down to building others up authentically
  • feeling inferior is debilitating
  • organization is huge
  • agape love can be tough with relatives
  • communication is huge
  • one should always look for ways to help and build up their spouse
  • favoritism of children and grandchildren is problematic, but very easy.