The Meaningful Mail

Weekly ideas on meaningful living

Happy Sunday!

I hope you are doing well. If you need anything, reach out to me at any time.

I’ve spent the last months consolidating all of my notes, ideas, and knowledge into a more or less coherent concept. It was a lot of work, but I’m happy with the result so far. I’ll share more information about it in my upcoming blog posts next week.

Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…


#1 Epictetus on Attachment

“But as things are, although we have it in our power to apply ourselves to one thing alone, and devote ourselves to that, we choose instead to apply ourselves to many things, and attach ourselves to many, to our body, and our possessions, and our brother, and friend, and child, and slave. And so, being attached in this way to any number of things, we’re weighed down by them and dragged down. (…)

What are we to do, then? To make the best of what lies within our power, and deal with everything else as it comes.”

Source: Discourses by Epictetus (translated by Robin Hard)


#2 Ask For Help

“One of the most powerful things someone can do is to ask for help.”

Source: Nothing You Don’t Already Know by Alexander Den Heijer (@purposologist)


#3 Eric Greitens on the Frontline that is our Life

“The frontline [in the SEAL-teams] was where battles were fought and fates decided. The frontline was a place of fear, struggle, and suffering. It was also a place where victories were won, where friendships of a lifetime were forged in hardship. It was a place where we lived with a sense of purpose.

But ‘frontline’ isn’t just a military term. You have a frontline in your life now. In fact, everyone has a place where they encounter fear, where they struggle, suffer, and face hardship. We all have battles to fight.

And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work. If you want to win any meaningful kind of victory, you’ll have to fight for it.”

Source: Resilience by Eric Greitens


#4 Leo Tolstoy on Wisdom

“Wisdom is knowing the purpose of life, and knowing how to achieve it.”

Source: A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy


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Waldi

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The Meaningful Mail (8th March 2020)

Weekly ideas on meaningful living.

Happy Sunday!

After a two month break, the Meaningful Mail is back!

I realized that I had many ideas that I wanted to share but no structured approach about how to organize them. Thus, I spent two months consolidating all ideas, topics, and sources in Notion.* I’m happy with the results and will share more details soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…


#1 Face What you Avoid

Whenever you avoid facing something, your unconscious will pay a debt.

It will interfere with your peace of mind until you face what you avoid. The more things you avoid, the more debt you accrue.

Don‘t delay facing what you don’t want to face.


#2 Dave Jolly on Obtaining Good, Wise Hearts

“Good, wise hearts are obtained through lifetimes of diligent effort to dig deeply within and heal lifetimes of scars…. You can’t teach it or email it or tweet it. It has to be discovered within the depths of one’s own heart when a person is finally ready to go looking for it, and not before.”

Source: Dave Jolly in The Road to Character by David Brooks


#3 Steven Pressfield on the Avoidance of Self-Awareness

“The force that can save the amateur is awareness, particularly self-awareness. But the amateur understands, however dimly, that if she truly achieved this knowledge, she would be compelled to act upon it. … Fear of self-definition is what keeps an amateur an amateur and what keeps an addict an addict.”

Source: Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield


#4 Marcus Aurelius on Memento Mori

“You could leave life right now.

Let that determine what you do and say and think.”

Source: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


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"Have you stuck with your New Year’s resolutions?”

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Post Scriptum since the last issue of the Meaningful Mail:

When a decision is made, a path emerges. Make it inviting. Do the next best thing.

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Waldi

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The Meaningful Mail (28th Dec. 2019)

Weekly ideas on meaningful living.

Happy Saturday!

With four days until 2020, this is the time to review 2019. Learn from your mistakes and double down on your successes. Think about your goals and systems for 2020. Let me know if you need assistance by replying to this email!

Enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…


#1 Jordan Peterson on Happiness

“Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, and not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at the next peak.

Source: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson


#2 The Importance of Goals

“A goal is an objective, a purpose. A goal is more than a dream; it’s a dream being acted upon. …
Nothing happens, no forward steps are taken, until a goal is established. Without goals individuals just wander through life. They stumble along, never knowing where they are going, so they never get anywhere.
Goals are essential to success as air is to life. No one ever stumbles into success without a goal. No one ever lives without air. Get a clear fix on where you want to go.”

Source: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz


#3 James Clear on Systems

“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”

Source: Atomic Habits by James Clear


#4 On Setting Goals

We need to set goals for our lives, as it is progress towards those goals that creates meaningful engagement, happiness, and positive change.
Once we have a goal, we can focus on creating habits and systems that will make reaching it as certain as possible.
At the same time just having goals is not enough. For it is when we reach our goals that we fall back into old habits and routines.
While we are making progress it is or great importance to fall in love with the process, so we continue on our path, long after we have realized our goals.


The Meaningful Question

"What valuable lesson have you learned in 2019?"

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I wish you a good last week of 2019,

Waldi


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The Meaningful Mail (21th Dec. 2019)

Weekly ideas on meaningful living.

Happy Saturday!

After a Star Wars marathon in response to the release of Episode IX this week, I traveled home yesterday to spend Christmas with my family and work over the holidays.

Enjoy your Christmas and reply to the Meaningful Question at the end of this email!

Enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…


#1 Why Consistency is More Important than Efficiency

Consistently doing something good makes you feel good consistency. Occasionally doing something very efficient, makes you feel good occasionally. Consistency builds confidence and self-respect. Consistency in the present increases the likelihood of consistency in the future. Consistency means you reaffirm and develop a positive identity. Consistency requires minimal preparation, efficiency demands maximum preparation.


#2 Goals vs. Systems

Goals are necessary to make sure you move in the right direction. They are your north-star. But, goals are terrible at guaranteeing progress towards your north-star.

Systems are reliable for consistent progress towards your north-star. But, if you don’t adjust your systems towards your goals, they may lead you astray.

The secret is to combine both:

Become crystal-clear on your goals and develop systems that guarantee consistent progress towards your goals.


#3 The Three Biggest Decisions Most People Make

  1. What to do with our lives.

  2. Where to live.

  3. Whom to marry.

Source: The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt


#4 Eric Greitens on the Importance of Resilience

“We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll become more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and joy.”

Source: Resilience by Eric Greitens


The Meaningful Question

"How could you make this Christmas the best of your life?"

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I wish you a good week,

Waldi


Post Scriptum this week:

Surprised by Improvement, Don’t Underestimate What You Know, On Mentors, Better or Worse - You Decide, Practice Common Sense.

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The Meaningful Mail (15th Dec. 2019)

Weekly ideas on meaningful living.

Happy Sunday!

Apologies for the delay! A lot has been going on this week and I simply forgot that it was Saturday yesterday.

To make up for it: enjoy this week’s philosophical and practical ideas…


#1 Three P’s that can Stunt Recovery after Setbacks

  1. Personalization - the belief that we are at fault.

  2. Pervasiveness - the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life.

  3. Permanence - the belief that the aftershocks of the event will last forever.

Source: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant


#2 Most People are Asleep

“Spirituality means waking up.
Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of things that we call human existence.”

Source: Awareness by Anthony De Mello


#3 Don’t Chase the Pot of Gold

“What is the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of your life hoping for happiness in the last?”

Source: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss


#4 Change Your Past

Many say you can’t change your past.

This is only true to a certain extent because you can change what the past means to you. You can give your past new meaning through reflection, understanding, and learning.

While you can’t change what happened in the past, you can rewrite it by changing its meaning.


The Meaningful Question

"What are you holding onto, that you should let go?"

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I wish you a good week,

Waldi


Post Scriptum this week:

What happens if you stop, Why you should care about realizing your potential, 12 tips on how to increase your sleep quality, Why small sins lead to catastrophes, How to take stock of yourself, Why you need to face your past, A short question, On finding meaning in suffering.

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