I am an aspiring musician and artist. I love acoustic music, fine art, folk art, and Appalachia. I'm thankful.
We call it “finding meaning” but we might better call it “forging meaning.”
Stories are the foundation of identity. We forge meaning and build identity.
(Lest we forget, Amanda Palmer encapsulated it poignantly: “For every bridge you build together with your community of readers, there’s a new set of trolls who sit underneath it.”)
Pair with Brown on vulnerability and the difference between empathy and sympathy, Vi Hart on how to tame trolls, and a lesson in handling haters from Ben Franklin.
According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked 83 German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and finding a job.” Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain…
Fantasies hamper progress [because] they dull the will to succeed: “Imagining a positive outcome conveys the sense that you’re approaching your goals, which takes the edge off the need to achieve.”
The negative side of positive thinking.
Pair with similar wisdom from The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.
I had church with Guy Clark this morning while driving through new gaps and valleys close to home, worshiping.
Artist Evan Holm is convinced that ‘there will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe’.
To demonstrate these rather dark thoughts, he created a submerged record player that’s still producing a nearly perfect audio as demonstrated in the short video below.