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🎁 Valentin's Present - Oasis in space, breakthrough ritual, top strengths

One Christmas present came a bit early... hope you enjoy this.

🎁 Valentin's Present

December 24 · Issue #17 · View online
The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

One Christmas present came a bit early… hope you enjoy this.

Provoking Picture
NASA made posters from a couple of “vacation” places in our galaxy.
My favorite poster to look at is Earth’s, because it’s a reminder we’re in an Oasis in Space. Reminds me we only have one Earth and prompts me to think what kind of world we want to create and protect?
For the longest time I’ve thought that the “Wanderers” short film (linked below) was the inspiration for these posters, but neither the short film nor the posters mention each other (as far as I’ve searched today). Anyway, they’re about the same idea: how awesome it would be to vacation around our galaxy.

Spicy Habit
A habit/ritual/exercise I’ve been doing since July 29, 2018 is:
  • When paying attention to things and I have the awareness to ask myself questions of what I’m paying attention to, I ask myself “does this have the potential to create a breakthrough realization?” What I mean by breakthrough is something that changes how I act, think, or experience. Having this filter has been useful to help decide whether I want to read a book, an article, take a meeting, etc. It’s also useful for seeking opposing perspectives of my current mental model of the world (since those have a higher likelihood of changing how I think) and trying to see in which contexts a perspective might be better.
  • If I remember, write down this potential breakthrough realization in a specific “Breakthrough Realizations Uncovered” page in my Notion.
  • When doing my night journal, I have a prompt: one thing I learned today: And right below that prompt I have “is it a breakthrough realization?” with a link to my breakthrough realizations page. I write accordingly.
  • When doing my personal weekly reflections, I re-read my past week’s breakthrough realizations and try to come up with ideas of how to apply them.
This little exercise has been a breakthrough realization for me.

Mouthwatering Concepts
I have been sharing the Breakthrough Realizations I come across for the past couple of weeks in my Re Human Weekly Reflection posts, and today I thought it would be cool to share some of my favorites from this week in this email newsletter too (might continue sending them here as well — do you like these or nah?):
People underestimate the value of writing things and overestimate the value of reading things.
It is better to be approximately right than to be precisely wrong.
Suffering = pain * resistance
Shift of perspective: we don’t have any problems. We have puzzles.
The reverse of “I’ll believe it when I see it” is very powerful: “I’ll see it when I believe it”.
Greatest fear in modern times is FOPO: fear of other people’s opinions.
Lots of these are usually things I already “know”, but that I saw again this week and realize have the potential to change someone’s life (mine or others).

Tempting Questions
I want to try a fun experiment. If you reply with an answer to these question(s) for me, I’ll reply with an answer to the same question(s) for you:
What are my top strengths?
When have you observed me display these?
What impact have I made in your life?

The questions are still good for personal reflection — no need for having other people telling you your strengths, but I think it’s a valuable + exciting exercise.

Exquisite Short Film
Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist [Official Version]
“Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.”
Love how it depicts that humans have an itch for exploring. Visuals and narration are both awesome — written & narrated by Carl Sagan.

Finger-licking Quote
“When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm” — African Proverb.
Re Human Stories
One day I drew a little human drawing. I really liked how cute+simple it turned out:
My “day process post” for that day (“find out” what else I did apart from drawing that little human) here.
Delicious Music
One of my favorite “Intro” songs, is Alicia Keys’ “As I Am”. Beautiful piano which turns into an energetic mix. Super short and super cool. I also like how it introduces the next song in her album, Go Ahead, which is also a great song — very energetic. Here’s a link to her album, to listen to these two songs in that order, automatically.
Another amazing song by Alicia is If I Ain’t Got You, more “holidays/Christmas” feeling.


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