Monthly Archives: April 2014

On Decisions

“These situations where I can’t make a choice because I’m too busy trying to envision the perfect one—that false perfectionism traps you in this painful ambivalence: If I do this, then that other thing I could have done becomes attractive. But if I go and choose the other one, the same thing happens again. It’s part of our consumer culture. People do this trying to get a DVD player or a service provider, but it also bleeds into big decisions. So my rule is that if you have someone or something that gets 70 percent approval, you just do it. ‘Cause here’s what happens. The fact that other options go away immediately brings your choice to 80. Because the pain of deciding is over.
“And,” he continues, “when you get to 80 percent, you work. You apply your knowledge, and that gets you to 85 percent! And the thing itself, especially if it’s a human being, will always reveal itself—100 percent of the time!—to be more than you thought. And that will get you to 90 percent. After that, you’re stuck at 90, but who the fuck do you think you are, a god? You got to 90 percent? It’s incredible!”

-LCK

A Framework for Charity

If you give someone in need a dollar every day, at the end of the month you’ve spent only a spare $30 on regular and consistent charity. At the end of an entire calendar year, you’ve spent just $365.

Of your entire year’s salary, you’ve spent $365 on charity, but every single day you’ve given someone in need a dollar.

Some comida por pensamiento.

Transient

I met a swami who radiated the truth from his eyes, he was clearly living by principles that, though I can understand, I find it difficult to apply. He understood that life is transient and that material attachments bring suffering. Not the way I understand it, which is by sagely nodding when it’s brought up in conversation then sneaking home to marvel at my glorious skull-emblazoned boots.

– My Booky Wook