Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Appreciate how far you’ve come.”
“What’s the PRACTICE?”
“What do you mean? Isn’t it obvious?”
“I mean what actionable steps are you taking to practicing Appreciation in this specific instance?
Values are a PRACTICE.
I’d go even further.
Values are a DELIBERATE Practice.
Thinking of it in terms of rep(etition)s, what counts as a rep?”
“I’d say actually expressing Appreciation in the moment.”
“Precisely. The more often, the better. Every little rep counts. Every little rep is an investment, which will lead to huge returns for your future-self.
In actionable terms, one way you can appreciate how far you’ve come is by appreciating habits.
Habits are the fundamental building-blocks of your life.
As with most things, we take them for granted, not realizing that, in their compounded effect, they make us who we are, and lead us towards who we want to be.
Make it a habit to NOTICE the good habits you’ve formed, big and small, and, equally important, the bad ones you’ve discarded, and express heartfelt gratitude every time you do.”
Wisdom is all about application. (Darius Foroux)
Live the words.
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you notice of the myriad things that surround you? What are the details that color your little corner of the universe?”
“I’d say that, since there’s so many stimuli, by necessity, we have to be selective, we have to filter out most of them.”
“This is a kind of priming. I call it default priming.”
“What do you mean?”
“Think of a color, or a shape, and take a look around you. Notice how things of that shape or color magically start popping into view, things that were all but invisible a moment ago.
I call this process perceptual priming.
I call the color, or shape chosen to initiate the process, perceptual filters.
Default priming is essentially a collection of perceptual filters. I like to think of it as a priming map.”
“So a kind of perceptual map of the world.”
“Yes. The same process applies to the mental world. I call it mental priming.
In the same way, we’re primed by default to think of certain things, we have certain recurring thought patterns, based on the experiential/conceptual/ideatic mental models we have in place.”
“So we have a perceptual priming map, and mental priming map.”
“Indeed. These priming maps are mostly habitual. I call this, habitual priming.”
“You like creating concepts, don’t you?”
“It’s a way of thinking. You can think of them metaphorically as the functions in programming. They’re reusable blocks of mental code.
Back to our sheep, the practical implication of habitual priming is that it can be changed through repetition. Repeat something enough times, and it will become part of your priming map.”
“Makes me think of Deliberate Practice.”
“That’s exactly what it is. Only it’s mental, not physical.
For me, rewriting one’s default priming is an essential component of Self-Actualization. I view this process in strategic and aesthetic terms.”
“Another instance of Life-Artistry?”
“Yes. Take the initial quotes as an example. The idea they express is for me foundational. A measure of success in ‘installing’ this idea is how present it is in your mind.
Another distinction I like to make is between passive and active knowledge. Success in the implementation of the idea means, every time you encounter a piece of wisdom, having the idea active in your mind.
How can I live this wisdom?
How can I implement it in my life?”