Every other Friday, I provide an update on my exercise goals. In between, I’ll be writing about mental fitness…
Zen And The Art Of Mind Maintenance
I’m a fan of motorcycles and motorcycle racing. Few experiences are more exhilarating than taking a turn at speed. Cornering is a form of art. Lean baby, lean.
Some years ago, I picked up this motorcycle model:
We had friends over recently and one of their kids broke it. It was beyond repair, so I tossed it. I was a little angry, but let it go.
This week, I was cleaning off the bookshelf and found the display case that the model used to reside in. Here is the base:
This was a model of Nicky Hayden’s motorcycle. The Kentucky Kid. The late Nicky Hayden. Sadly, Nicky died after a bicycle accident last year. I became more curious about the model. I went online and learned that it was worth much more than I had bought it for. Now, I was angry all over again. That kid had broken something valuable. Grrrrrr…
But then I started to think about the situation:
- The child didn’t break the model on purpose. It was an accident.
- Even if the model was worth $1,000, I don’t need the money. And it was just another “thing” taking up space in my already cluttered home.
- Much more than anything else, the only reason the model was worth anything is because the guy who piloted the actual motorcycle was dead. He was young and a good guy.
I can’t just write something like I did on Monday and not take action. You’re not allowed to whine if you’re not willing to make changes. One of my own actions is this:
Instead of complaining when something bad happens, I’ll turn the situation into something positive.
I first learned of the “no complaining” experiment from Tim Ferriss. Reading I’ve done since (much of it based on Stoicism) backs up the benefits of this practice.
I like to complain as evidenced by my past rants. Maybe I’ll still write one every once in a while as a light-hearted way to blow off steam, but I’m going to work at stopping the real complaining. I’ll try to see the positive in a situation instead of focusing on the negative.
This Week In Gratitude
And, I really have nothing to complain about. Life is good.
This week, I chaperoned a field trip to a museum with Older Daughter’s class:
We also went to a student art show. A middle schooler painted a skateboard deck (awesome work Eva!):
At Home Depot, I noticed a bunch of battery powered lawnmowers. The change from dinosaur juice to lithium-ion power is picking up steam. Errrr, electrons. The world will be a better place powered by batteries:
Finally, Mrs. 1500 loves to cook and she’s wonderful at it. This is great since I don’t enjoy cooking and am no good at it. Last week, she made these apple pancakes, one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. And let me tell you, I love breakfast:
Life is great.
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