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Category Archives: Lessons I’ve Learned the Hard Way
Recent entries from the Twitterverse: #73: “If you don’t heal what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you.” (Thanks, @mochamomma) #74: “Holding a grudge is like drinking poison every day and waiting for the other guy to … Continue reading
Cultivating anger is ultimately self-destructive. It’s also a choice, not a necessity. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s book, Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice, which I’ve recently read, provides a liberating framework for thinking about this topic. I’m sure I’m going to … Continue reading
There is almost always more variation within a subgroup than there is between subgroups. The thing about this is that we often make very flawed assumptions about people based on “trends” or “tendencies.” So, for example, while it is true … Continue reading
It’s not stupid to make a mistake the first time…
We’re never going to agree about everything, but we can continue to talk.
A person who sets out to insult or deliberately offend someone reveals nothing about their target, but much about themselves.
The job’s not done until you’ve cleaned up and put the tools away.
The belief that there can only be one winner comes from only looking at one measure of success.
We’re often presented with what appear to be binary choices–it has to be one thing or another. (This path/that path, good/bad, conserving/liberating.) The truth is that it is almost always both/and, not either/or.
The fallacy of the large economy size. There are two main reasons why buying in bulk often doesn’t save money: first, you use more because it’s handy and cheap; and second, it will expire before you use it all up.