Big Mind, small mind (#101)

A popular idea in the Zen traditionBig Mind, small mind—sets out to explain two different, and extreme perspectives of looking at the world.

One is looking at everything from the cosmic scale, aka the Big Picture, broad view mind-set.

Most astronauts undergo a profound cognitive shift when they observe the home planet from space for the very first time. It’s famously known as the overview effect. Looking at the whole of Earth in one view, is overwhelming usually, and makes many astronauts realize the pointlessness of many important things. National borders, wars and conflicts, politics, news, money—they all seem meaningless. You see the Earth as one small, pale blue dot. No problems look too big. No place looks very vast, but empty space. Earth is just a small planet viewed from the darkness of nothingness.

This is the Big Mind. When you have a big-picture, Big Mind perspective, mostly everything seems so small and of little significance. You tend not to get too caught up in the everyday obstacles and competitiveness that life brings forth. You don’t take stuff seriously, and mostly eliminate any small regrets or negativities which may creep up into your mind.

And the other extreme is looking through the nitty-gritty details of everything. Having a small mind view makes you prone on checking anything within your hands distance as important. That all things are extremely, extremely significant and you need to pay a lot of attention to basically everything. And you ought to take an infinite things a lot more seriously is the way of the small mind.

One is at the mountain-top, with a high feeling that nothing matters. And the other is tightly engrossed in believing everything matters. The Big Mind avoids detail at all cost, for the small mind—detail is vital for survival.

Note: a common tendency may be to get the terms Big Mind / small mind mixed up with an open mind / a narrow or fixed mind. But they are not the same. For, that (on the open or narrow extreme) is in link to acceptance and negligence. And this (Big Mind, Small Mind) is on perspective.

These two minds are extreme extremes. The fact is you cannot live a great life with having a perspective on either end of the spectrum forever. It mustn’t be a choice, it’s a decision of combination.

Just try thinking about what might happen if you try living with a complete-fixed perspective based on either end of the spectrum.

When you live every second, thinking and believing spiritedly that most things in the world are trivial, viewing the world through the Big Mind lens, you’re actually putting yourself in a very dangerous place—a spot you don’t want to be in. Having this mental-model makes you overlook any detail, and that isn’t usually always good. For instance some detail is really essential for survival. If you think about it not only do you put yourself in danger, but the world around you too falls into a big danger loop. We can’t just not take anything seriously. Well, we can … but it’s futile. If you take nothing seriously, you may not take yourself seriously. And that could again mean serious danger.

On the other end, taking everything quite seriously, always being caught up in the smallest of literal trivialities and being so engrossed into detail as to not having the skill of setting back and looking at the world from a certain distance, is also a very foolish thing to do. Sometimes, generally, we delve into a task so deep and get engrossed so much into the detail and perfection of it, that we come back to our senses much later, assessing, “what in the world did I even do the last 3 hours?”
That’s a pretty lousy feeling. Imagine staying in that sort of tiny little bubble all your life. Not getting any chance to take some steps back, judging the world from a distance, looking at the big picture.

So. Either of the two extremes is not a good place we want to be in. But it’s important we get a realization of when we want to be looking at things from a distance, a bigger perspective, the Big Mind view, or when we really want to take a look at some serious detail and perceive the world with a small mind view.

It’s not easy to do. We will get stuck sometimes for;
– not caring enough, or caring too much.
– Avoiding the important detail, or getting too preoccupied with it.
– Steering away from constructive negativities and criticisms, or becoming overwhelmed with all the bad noise reaching our ears.
But, if we first accept the two extremes of the mind perceiving the whole world, I think we’ll be better understanding of the times we really want to dig in or when we want to be looking at the big picture. Because forever being on either extreme is not a good choice.

Summary

An idea from the Zen tradition—Big Mind, small mind is the two extreme ways we perceive the world.
– Big Mind looks at things from the bigger picture. It looks from a distance, not worrying too much about detail. Big Mind believes a certain many things to be trivial and of little significance. It hates negativities, rather thinks most of them to be pointless.
– small mind, the opposite, likes detail. It gets stuck and engrossed into the little things, seldom getting opportunities to look at the world from a distance and questioning the meaning and purpose of things.
Both extremes are not a good place to be at.
To really understand the world, it’s significant to know when to use the Big Mind, and when to turn to the small mind. Using our tendency for Big Mind and small mind thinking at proper intervals will be wise.

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100

Today and this post together mark day and article #100 on this blog.

The enthusiasm and desire to write everyday and share it with a delightful audience through this blog still reside sincerely in my heart, perhaps now more than ever. Since day 1 I’ve tried writing the best I can, learning and growing along the way. We’ve explored a wide array of subjects ranging from philosophy, happiness, learning and life to human psychology, curiosity, thinking and bias. Often, I would learn something entirely new and intriguing yet still share it here as simply as I could if I thought my readers would absorb and profit from the knowledge.
This practice made the blog a polymath of it’s own!

I’ve learned so much on this journey that it feels I’ve been writing here for years. Yet, it just seemed yesterday when I created my own WordPress site and published my very first article.

The more I look, the more I discover about the vast realms of life. Then, I share my learning, comprehension, and experience through the words in the blog posts on this site to let readers from across the world look at it (the world) with a different set of eyes. I wish to share sparkling ideas and create a giant, positive difference in as many incredible lives that need it.

But, I have a few changes in mind…
Note: the pointers below are just a couple of changes which will be implemented on my blog from tomorrow October 19, 2021. Nothing fancy or too informational.

  1. I won’t be continuing with writing an article every day
    Well, that’s a bummer : (
    Actually it isn’t! I realized that I’d been so caught up with the thought of writing an article everyday that my mind-set began drifting slowly from quality to quantity. I just felt as if I had to make it with a new post every day for you guys. No matter how good or ugly it may have looked in your eyes (although I made tons of effort for all my posts to stand out and be “good”)
    But, I understood that you (my valuable reader) would rather want to read better pieces of content a few times a week than get access to not so great posts seven days a week. That’s something I would like to be working on as well!
    So, taking note of those points, from tomorrow, I won’t be publishing an article every day. I will focus on quality and relevance, and deliver hopefully amazing pieces of writing for my precious readers.
  2. I won’t start with numbers … I’ll end with them.
    As I have been doing for all my articles, putting the article number published on the blog first and then continuing with the subject of the article—for example “100“, “007 Running“, 050 Should-s, etc.—I won’t be continuing with the same. Instead of putting the number first, I’ll put it in parentheses after the title. Like this: Running (#007).

Till now, that’s all I’ve come up with. Not writing and publishing an article everyday will be a bit hard, since I’m really wired to do that now. But of course I’ll write everyday … you’ll just hear from me a little less during the week, while I’ll be crafting every single sentence to appeal with as much wisdom as possible.

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Read more about my journey of starting a blog and then writing everyday on it here ➡️ 095 Reflection on this blog
Read an article about my thoughts on happiness here ➡️ 055 Are we getting Happier? (2/2)
Read more about why I find human psychology intriguing ➡️061 Why Human tendency intrigues me

Until next time.

099 The Resistance (at first)

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

 Leonardo da Vinci

The mind is eminent for its resistance. We occasionally experience resistance even to doing things that we deep-down really want to do. And that’s strange, isn’t it?

Although; I completely agree with what the great polymath Da Vinci observed on resistance. It really is easier to resist doing something at the beginning—or before even getting started—than it is for the “foxy” mind to resist at the end.*

Before, we have a state of mind. To do something—usually hard which takes physical or mental effort—means changing our current state of mind. That causes a feeling of resistance (or a desire to procrastinate) to build up. Our logical and irrational minds begin a tug-of-war. Logic says that you should do the work. Instinct tells you to postpone it.
Many times, logic and instinct do work together, pulling the same rope, on the same end. That’s how we get any work done. When logic and the irrational mind work on the same team, work seems like play. When you know you “should” be doing something and when you want to be doing just that; right then, that’s when both contrasting minds agree and you win from the usual combined monkey mind. You then have a sweet change in state of mind and are easily able to do what both minds agree upon doing.

But, reality isn’t always that sweet. Often, the two minds fight. One advises the conscious you on what you should do. The other tells you not to listen to the rational mind.
“It’s gone out of it’s mind.” whines the instinct. “Be Zen. And maintain this calming Netflix binge.”
“You don’t even have a mind!” abuses rational mind to the instinct.

And the fight continues. You have the power to choose. Though sometimes, the power to choose is really not a power. Sometimes, the winner is clear and you go with the winner. So, the influence of the two opposite thinking minds is quite a lot on you, really.

These two minds are what create resistance to and the desire to procrastinate doing work.

When deadlines come close, even the irrational mind agrees with the logical. And so both work without the need for any of the minds to cause any resistance.
That’s why it’s easier to resist at the beginning than it is to do so at the end, when deadlines hit.

Once you get in a flow-state, things pick up and get easier from there. There’s no more resistance once you really start doing something. Once you are shifted to another state of mind, there’s no cause for any mind to build resistance.

Whatever it may be and however you try and tackle resistance, life is hard and not pleasurable with even a bit of it.
Like Steven Pressfield noted,

Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

We ought to bury resistance if we are to live our unlived life. An exciting new life may arise from it. You would be able to work with more flow, less resistance. More peace, less conflict. More freedom from, and less slavery to the monkey mind.
Make resistance a stronger choice. And choose against resistance

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Footnotes

* “foxy” means resembling or likened to a fox. Synonyms – cunning, sly, wily.

098 Think Week

I read and think.

Warren Buffett

Bill Gates has revealed an important practice which helped him think very well during the early years at Microsoft.
Twice a year, Gates would take a 7 day Think Week. He would go to a secluded location in Hood Canal, Washington with stacks of important papers and books. He would cut off all communication with family, friends, co-workers and employees—basically he would be secluded from the entire world except what he would read and think about. He planned in advance what he was going to think about. A caretaker would provide him 2 meals a day. And the whole week, he would just read and think.

This practice is said to produce the famous memo written by Gates for Microsoft employees in 1995 – “The Internet Tidal Wave”. Apart from that, a week of thinking about relevant subjects for Gates (and his business world) would make his highly complex mind still and let him “think his best”, as Melinda French Gates explained.
He would come out a week later with a mind full of clarity, with sparkling ideas and great solutions to pressing problems.

I love the idea of going on a Think Week. Some critics may scoff at this notion as an act of “wasting time”, yet the way I look at it as a practice of saving and actually increasing time. Time well spent on addressing problems, getting clarity on important subjects, and attaining peace from the monkey mind will not allow serious compounded damage later on. Think Weeks retrieve, not squander time.

Still, if an idea of a whole week spent on thinking scares you, you’re not alone. Instead of then spending an entire week in a secluded monastery sort of place, why not have a Think Weekend, or a Think Day, or if you want to start really small, a Think Hour. Surely you can spend the above small amounts of time on honing your skills or becoming more mindful and creative—a better thinker. If you take those small sums of time try doing it every month, instead of just twice a year.

The idea of thinking can vary from person to person. But the main goal is to get clarity. You want to get clarity on the important subject you’ll be thinking about. A clear mind lets you think better. New ideas and inspirations spark up. You get creative. And you understand things. When you sit down, without the presence of all the daunting distractions and inputs we usually get bombarded with all the time and focus on just the thing you want to be focusing on … you don’t even need me to explain to you how incredible that time is going to be for you, your mind and your work.

So start small, if you like. Or go all in. But invest time in thinking. Invest time in not being constantly pinged and distracted from your real goals. Read about relevant topics. Think about them. And experience the wonder of getting actual “Eureka!” moments.

097 Fear

Fear always screams loudest when your magic is closest

Robin Sharma (EHM)

Fear protected us (as it still does, but to a different extent). It was quite important at the time for our homo Sapiens species, when they were hunter-gatherers living in the wild, hunting for prey every afternoon, to feel fear. Let’s just say, if humans back then didn’t have a biological phenomenon called the fight or flight response, we wouldn’t have evolved into the “superiors” of Earth as we are now. We probably would be completely extinct by now. But, as luck would have it, our bodies were adapted to the harsh environments, which when deduced, means we had the tendency to feel a sense of phobia.

As much as it helped our ancestors to live longer lives, grow, develop and thus evolve our species as a whole, fear doesn’t seem to have evolved up to date in the 21st century. We live in an era where we really don’t have to care about lions or gorillas in sight in our everyday lives. We don’t have to hunt. We live in relatively peaceful times in air-conditioned, danger-free houses, with the world literally at our finger-tips.
But giving a speech in front of a large crowd, sitting in a perfectly safe airplane with normal turbulences, or jumping out of an airplane with a parachute (which also may be a perfectly safe thing to do);
all these things (among many others) send a signal to the amygdala (a small part of the limbic system in your brain, vital and important for producing fear) which in turn sends another signal to the adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, giving you the sensation of the fight or flight response. The same kind you would have felt (with differing amounts maybe) if you saw a hungry lion at arms length. (But seriously, how in the world are you gonna fight or fly away from an airplane!? By the help of another airplane?)

Enough science for now. But these examples (and many more) reveal that our fears haven’t properly evolved to modern means. And so we fear things like public-speaking, flying, jumping, heights, spiders, thunder and lightning, and failing, we fear the risk of failure. These things are all relatively very “common fears” among the individual living today. The fight or flight response is activated for survival. Unevolved fear makes you think you’re gonna die so you should either fight or run away. When in reality, none of the above things can pose a serious threat to the survival of an individual (miniscule exceptions present, as always)

“The only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.” asserted Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don’t let fear disable you. Never let it form a gloomy, dismissive relationship with your actions. Let not fear be the cause of your retreat. Let it rather be the source for you to forge onward, ’till the end of your desired journey, undisturbed by the negating force it also possesses.

Because…
as Hollywood actor Will Smith puts it,

“God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear!”

Fear is good for survival. But it doesn’t do much good if you actually want to survive by thriving on your journey. Don’t be the victim of a biological process. Face it as a worthy opponent and annihilate it. Do what you fear. [but don’t do anything foolish, I know you know what I mean 😉 ]

096 Breaking the Chain

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Vicious cycles. They’re rather deadly. And you don’t want to be stuck in one.

I think one of the finest parts about experiencing life is all the differences, all the amazingly vast and diverse stuff on our planet (and beyond!). There are so many different people and a limitless amount of diverse things we can get to know of, and learn from. All the incredible stuff here, which make up life on our small blue planet, we have categorized and labeled so simply into so many different names. I have to call it “stuff” because I can’t think of any better word to describe all there is in the infinite Universe.

Vicious cycles are unsurprisingly a phenomenon which could be categorized to be somewhere very deep in the line of all the stuff humans are aware of and have defined. Vicious cycles are extremely relevant to human behavior. They don’t allow us to see the stuff beyond what is already in our personal visible spectrum (our perspective). They block out one of the finest parts about experiencing life. We get stuck in a never-ending feedback cycle, where we assume we have gone in too deep into the work to ever get out of it. And so we keep running on the same path again and again. Chasing and chasing and chasing, in an infinite looping feedback cycle. One seemingly “good” thing leads to the desire for the next one, then on attaining that seemingly “better” thing we get a new desire for the next “better” thing. And the process continues. Never giving satisfaction to the rat running on the hedonic treadmill.

This doesn’t just apply in the large corporate sector, I’m afraid. Sometimes we just get stuck. And being stuck in one place, doing the same thing every day for days, months or years, makes us a victim of the gloomy vicious cycle as well.

Having good habits are good. They add a virtuous cycle into your living time. But even that, it troubles me to say isn’t completely enough. We must be capable to break any chain to form a better one. Because, at the end of the day you’re not looking to make a habit of everything. You’re looking to improve on whatever your actions may be. Habits are good, but it’s important to be able to make some progress on the things you do everyday. Because at the end of one year of doing something consistently, you don’t want to be at the same level of that skill-set, the way you were some 365 days ago. You desire improvement and progress. For that, even if you don’t need to break off the chain, you need to bend it a little. Make gradual progressions. Having any kind of loop, any kind of cycle or chain in life is necessary to be accompanied by having possessed the powers to break it off to actually live to our fullest.

And if you have a negative cycle going on, then you’re just depleting your so important life, giving away all your energy and time on doing just a single thing which isn’t even helping you and you don’t want to be doing. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in there any longer. Break the chain.





095 Reflection on this blog

As I begin writing my 95th article of this blog (with many more to come!), I feel a little reflective today.
I had a simple intention with my article writings, which I still follow. Ever since COVID-19 hit, the longer we were told to “stay at home”, the closer I shifted towards a “spiritual awakening” of some sorts. Everyday I would try all these new things and learn a bunch; about myself and the wonderful way everything seemed to work. I don’t want to bore you with all the details. So, fast forward to 95 days ago and I launched my personal website, arjunkhemani.com and published my very first article on it. The simple intention for which I still haven’t revealed.
I wanted to share all these new and amazing ideas I was learning everyday—the principles coming inside and more importantly the subtracted ones going far outside my mind. I wanted to spark curiosity and give hope. I wanted to let the world in on what I was thinking. I knew this could be a powerful platform to communicate and share ideas, at the same time get valuable feedback from perspectives from all over the world. As a reader, I was aware of the power of words. And I wanted to be the writer who would have that positive influence toward members of the global society. I earnestly just wanted to share my learnings and perspective for someone else to take benefit from.

I thought it would be a good idea to write a new article every day. And so I did. Although 95 days and articles later, my predominant readers are still only family members and a few (mutual) acquaintances, I feel I’ve learned a lot on this small journey so far. It takes one thing to read words, and a whole  ’nother set to write them.

I sometimes feel I’ve run out of words because of writing about all these vast topics already. A thought creeps up that there isn’t a lot to write about now and I feel I’ve exhausted my original knowledge. But on other fortunate days I feel like I can write about my ideas endlessly like the vast stretches of the infinite universe. There’s no limit to thoughts anyway, I feel. There’s so much to write about, yet so little sometimes.

I still feel the same great pride as I did on day 001 for actually doing what I wanted to do. Starting this blog and publishing my own writing to share my journey of learning, thinking and life with many different, wonderful beings on their own amazing journeys; though it might have been a little rough along the way and disappointing to not see many readers, probably was one of the best projects I’ve yet undertaken. And hey, no one said following your desire was going to be easy.

094 Turning difficult into fun

There’s something unsurprisingly odd about doing “fun stuff” that we would even go the extra mile to do it.

Here is a video I found on Twitter which depicts more clearly, through a public experiment, the meaning of my statement.
In the video:
The creators of the whole video wanted to see if they could get more people to choose the stairs (rather than the escalator) by making the stairs more “fun” to climb.
So, they cleverly transformed the stairs into a piano! Each stair step was a piano key, and if someone would place their foot upon one of those stair steps, the piano key which was pressed upon would make a noise, just like a real piano!

Taking note of key data (of stair-takers over people who took the escalator) before establishing the piano and then after engineering the whole masterpiece piano staircase which would be available to the common public; the observers of the experiment discovered that 66% more people chose the piano staircase over the escalator.

A 66% increase in stair climbers. Just by making the stairs a little more fun to climb. How cool is that!

What this experiment shows—and various other studies on human psychology would agree upon—is that our actions, and our decisions to act in a certain way depend on a variety of factors. The level of fun shows up prominently in those list of factors.

We would rather do an easy task than a difficult one. We would rather do something fun than boring. We would rather do the probable than the improbable.
Note that easy, difficult; fun, boring; and probable and improbable are relative terms and solely depend on the individual’s mindset. Something that may be hard for one, may be easy and fun for another and vice-versa.

But when we use the fun factor to trick our brains to do something difficult, it works because the fun outweighs the level of difficulty.
In the stairs example, people would rather enjoy pressing large piano keys with their feet than worry about having to puff and sweat a little along the way. The fun was of greater magnitude than the difficulty.

We can use this principle of tricking the mind to do something fun, yet productive and relevant to a very significant degree.
If you don’t get enough exercise: You can trick yourself to watch Netflix while walking on the treadmill.
– If you don’t like reading books:
You can listen to beautifully narrated audiobooks instead of turning physical pages over.
If you don’t want to do a particular thing: You can say you’ll truthfully reward or treat yourself with something you really like (like some luxurious ice-cream) right after you do the thing (for instance go to the gym). But; no gym, no ice-cream.

There are many others. Whatever you find hard or difficult to do, there’s probably a nice loophole for you to trick your motivation into doing the task by making it fun in any sort of way.

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The Twitter video: Would you take the stairs? (@buitengebieden_)

093 Creating good ways to live

Our entire lives are basically a series of habits. We do things habitually for the bulk of our time on this planet. But habits can turn into our worst enemies sometimes, and worst enemies do everything they can to forbid us to live our best.

In order to prosper one needs to avoid accumulating enemies, in the habitual sense.

We could outweigh the evil by increasing the good.

To increase the good, it is indeed important to have something even more important and good of. And that’s systems.

Everyone (and everything) has a system. Try to imagine yourself as a car engine. If you have the best quality of cast-iron parts there are in the market, the most pure oil of optimized viscosity running through your galleries, a very efficient cooling and exhaust system, spark-plugs suited specially for your design which are astonishingly effective; among a few other goodies … Basically if you—the car engine—have all your systems running at the most efficient manner there is for any car engine to run at … well then you’re going to be an amazing car engine, possibly the best car engine in the world!

This matters precisely because we work a little like car engines. We too have our equivalent of cooling systems, fuel and ignition systems and the electrical and braking systems of a general car. Just like a great car needs to have a brilliant engine; and just like a brilliant engine needs to have an amazingly efficient functioning method of all its various systems; we, as triumphant individuals need to have our own top-notch systems.

Let me explain a bit further, now using real humans in the frame.

A system is a procedure. A method or a way of doing certain things. The right systems bring forth the right results, and the wrong ones really mess it all up. Systems are a process which we can repeat, tune accordingly to our own difficulty, and keep reviewing and improving upon. It’s a process of something we do. We can have many systems. In fact, we do have many systems, a different one for all our varied priorities.

Habits build upon systems.

So to build a “good” habit, you require a “good” system. Even bad habits can build upon “good” and strong systems, mostly unknowingly. Since a system is just a system. It does its job no matter what the outcome may be.

There’s yet a big difference between habits and systems.
A habit could be reading books. But a system for that would possibly be reading 25 pages of a non-fiction book every night before bed.
Another habit could be getting some exercise. The system for that could be to go to the gym for 45 minutes, 3 days a week.

So systems are a path to lead us to do the habit. They are the implementing kit of our habits. That’s why it’s so much more easier to create habits within the confines of a regular, definite system.

Creating systems to stand by our desired good habits are by far one of the best ways to live better.

092 The fisherman and the businessman

Here is a great Brazilian Classic story, about a fisherman and a businessman. I found it really relatable and I hope you like it too. Note: this article was originally published on Paulo Coelho’s blog post.

The fisherman and the businessman

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.

As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.

The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”

The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”

“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.

The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”

The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”

The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”

The fisherman asks, “And after that?”

The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”

The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

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The above parable is a Brazilian classic translated into English. I found it written on Paulo Coelho’s blog post. You can view it here. All credit of this article goes to Paulo Coelho Blog (© 2021)