Principles

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.
— Mark Twain

Grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Wet water; Cold ice; Hard rocks.
Accept reality.

Nothing is simple. Look for complexity.

Nothing is good. Or bad. It just is.

Honor truth; honor time; honor people.


Honor truth…
There is a real, objective–though complex–truth; accept it and celebrate it.
Do not delude yourself with falsehoods.
Do not worship false truths.

Honor time…
Plan your work and work your plan.
Set priorities and focus on the highest priorities first.
Develop and exercise self-discipline. There is virtue in discipline.
Use ‘snatches’ of time. Don’t waste time.

Honor people…
Avoid making enemies.
‘As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.’
Do not boast. Do not tempt the Fates. Avoid Hubris.
Do not advance yourself at others’ expense.
Be faithful and loyal to those about you.
‘Avoid loud and aggressive persons.’
Other people are important.
Be courteous and friendly.
Do not burn bridges.
Do not be selfish.
Help.

Accept reality…
You can’t be something that you are not.
No amount of positive thinking will allow you to sprout fairy wings and fly to the moon.
Seek complexity. Nothing is simple.
Declare victory and move on.


Misc…
Make sawdust.
If you take a man’s money, give him him an honest effort in return.

Don’t speed by more than 5 mph.
Leave a two second interval between cars. Drive in the flow.
Promptly return phone calls and reply to emails.
Don’t complain. Don’t bitch.
Read cover stories.
Vote.

Focus.

Fatigue and depression go hand in hand. Take time off.

Sex is not evil. The body is not sinful. Don’t let Puritans run (ruin) your life.

Seek enlightenment.

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