Maxim Monday: Foresee the future

Foresee the future. I see this in two ways.I suspect this Maxim is relating to thinking ahead and planning wisely for what may arise. Looking ahead and making plans¬† are important, whether that's for later in the week or for our 5 year plans. I am a planner by nature. I like to have at least a vague sense of where I'm headed. As I've gotten older I worry less about the details and more about the larger picture. To think of it in slightly different terms, I try to be more intentional about my … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Use time sparingly

What does this one even mean? Is this trying to tell us not to waste time? Or to try and do things efficiently, so as to spend the least amount of time on any one task?We cannot 'use' time, as time is a mental construct humans have created. From what I understand, not all societies think of time or interact with it the same ways.Sparingly means meagrely, pieced out, prudently, with restraint. How do we use time like this?I have no idea. This one has got me stumped. Do you have any … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Nothing to Excess

I have many people in my life who are passionate, possibly even obsessive, about their work or their hobbies or their loves. I fall into that camp, as well. It's important to devote the necessary time, energy, focus and love toward any thing we want to excel at - and I don't mean excel in a sense that there is something to 'achieve.' A thriving relationship takes time, effort, and focus. Finishing a challenging and beautiful book might take those things too.But to balance and refuel passion … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Do a favor for a friend

I like this one. Probably because I'm already good at it. Probably because this one is in enlightened self-interest.This Maxim to me is one of the foundations of community building. Now that I have children I can see the needs and benefits of doing a favor for a friend (or neighbor) even more than before! Thriving in this world takes a group effort. While I believe we have to take responsibility for our own actions, we can only thrive (and by that I mean more than just get by) when we work … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be (religiously) silent

I love this one.Spring is in full swing here in Olympia. New colors from fresh blooms appear each morning. The sun's heat is gaining in intensity, despite the bitter the breezes. The lilacs are blooming, although I can't smell them because my sinuses are blocked up. That makes me sad, since lilac is my favorite scent. The birds are raucous in the twilight periods twice a day. Everything is a cacophony of scent, sound, texture and color.But I've been feeling a little quiet lately. Not … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Listen to everybody

The older I get the more I see the wisdom in this maxim. Listen to everyone. Don't just smile and nod, but listen.As some one who is a very quick learner, I spent countless hours itching to get started on assignments or tests, having read the instructions myself, but forced to wait while the teacher spent 15 minutes on directions and trouble shooting tips for the rest of the class. That attitude has carried over into other aspects of my life and I hate to admit it, but I'm often chomping at … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be impartial

Be impartial.¬†Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most definitely something I could stand to work on!Of course, some ways are better than others. Some arguments are more 'correct' than others. Some actions and decisions more virtuous than others. But in judging others, in drawing conclusions, being impartial is the best course of action.Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most … [Read more...]


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