September Pointers (6th of 8 posts)

zzz hitchHere’s the 6th of 8 posts this September highlighting five random pointers or ideas I’ve come across over the years.

They’re from print or are things I’ve overheard. Each one stands alone and they aren’t in any order of importance. I feel that without attributions, each pointer is more impactful and useful. Because they ring true, they don’t need a known name for validation, plus I’ve often modified the wording to make it more clear to me.


– Why is self-discipline worth possessing? Because people possessing it have the ability to determine what they do with their life. Those lacking self-discipline will have the path they take through life determined by someone or something else.

– Memory is like velcro. Your brain hosts loops. The more hooks an idea has, the better it will cling to memory.

– The bitterness of low quality stays with you, but the sweetness of a low price dissipates fast.

– The simple act of staying still is part of what makes meditation training effective. You’re learning not to automatically follow every single impulse that arises.

– “In general, people can be trusted.” People who agree with this are happier than those who don’t. Trusting your neighbors is especially important. Simply knowing them can make a real difference in your quality of life. Of all factors affecting the crime rate for a given area, the one that made the biggest difference wasn’t the number of police patrols or anything like that but, rather, how many people you know within a fifteen-minute walk of your house.