2014-10-13

cryx: Me, infront of a wall, with surprisingly dark hair (through a pond)
On the bus to work this morning I passed a pair of houses with name plaques. The bus slowed in traffic and I gazed at them. "Bayview" and "Highview" are both still on the top of a hill, but now, rather than the vista they used to see stretched in front of them, there is a 60s big blocky community club. I felt a little sad about what had changed (despite, I'm sure, that more people have probably enjoyed the club than have mourned the lost view).
I could make a not very subtle analogy with how a no longer applicable label can bring more sadness than it brings joy, but I have no lables I wish to shrug off.

That said, isn't that the point?
cryx: Me, infront of a wall, with surprisingly dark hair (through a pond)
Two posts in one day?!?!  OMG what is this 2005? ;)

I'm having some coaching sessions through work, and during one of our explorative exercises I put into words something I haven't before.

I have a reductive path to happiness.

By which I mean, I fundamentally think of myself as a happy person by default. When I'm trying to work out how to make myself more happy in life, I don't see is as adding things to make me more happy (achive X, start doing Y), but more removing the things that block my happiness (stop doing Y, avoid Y).  Sometimes I need to do something to achive this, e.g. I need to start meditating to remove chatter and negative future thinking from my mind, but the action always has the 'flavour' to me of refining, uncovering or distilling.

It's kind of funny when thought about in my life with my tendancy to clutter and take on new things.

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