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06 March 2007 @ 10:56 am
Tao of the Day  
Look at your calendar or palm pilot for the last month. How many nights and weekends were you away from home? Circle in green the activities you most enjoyed; circle in black those that you least enjoyed. Now consider how you could eliminate the black ones and focus on the green ones. Be ruthless.

- Raymond Barnett, PhD, Relax, you're already home: everyday Taoist habits for a richer life
Varnvarn_ix on March 8th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
The black ones are useful. The green ones are fun but useless. I would love to have more fun and be more useless, but I have a rather lazy teenager living in my nursery and a wife who grabs every excuse not to work on her thesis, including "if you're having fun, I'm having fun, too." A productive role model is thus important to three people rather than just for me.

The other possibility is to turn black ones into green without actually changing any activities, but when I achieve that, I will truly live within the Tao.