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“Show up. Leave a reputation. Never apologize. Look forward. Extreme optimism. Strong realism. Engage life.”

I pause; I think that I´m forgetting something. I clear my throat.

“Yes”, I tell the writer as I take a sip of coffee, “one more thing–forget all of these things and let them go.”

“But that sounds counter to say these things and then to not think about them?”

“Well”, I reply as I set down the taza, “you can´t balance on a unicycle if you are preoccupied with your technique.”

“Huh?”

“Internalize.”

“What´s that mean?”

“It means that I´m merely adding names to constructs on how to live your life–ultimately, as you move forward, you´ll be so into what you are doing that you can´t both tell yourself to do these things and also behave naturally.”

“So what is the point of them?”

“It´s names–adding a name adds value.  It shows different ideas and a name which may not be intrinsically linked–but, after you have done something–let´s say have a conversation–you can look back to see which of these things that you did.  Where did you diverge?  How did it make you feel?  What are the consequences in the new moment from your actions? Observe.”

I pause; that´s a good one.

“Neutral observations”, I continue speaking as I pick up my taza, “keep aware of what´s going on–afterwards, look at yourself as a scientist.  What worked–what didn´t?  In time, you may develop an understand of how you behave–you can also look at what is causing it.  Do situations lead to negative feelings or low energy? So why do you keep putting yourself in that situation–can you change things?  Life is an interacion with you as the teacher and student.  You both are learning and teaching yourself lessons.”

“So how does this have anything to do with the great penguin migration?”

“We have to understand the penguins–we are going to develop a sense of being a scientist in us which will translate into how we examine this problem.  If we treat ourselves with the scientific method, we will be more equipped to externalize these habits to the penguins.”

“Do I have to dig more holes?”

“Always.”

“What does that mean?”

“It´s never over.  There will always be another question–there will always be a question.  The trick is not to get better answers but to find the right questions.”

“So my question about digging holes was legit?”

“You see how you used a past situation to predict future behavior, and then form it into a perogrative?”

“Not really sure what you are talking about.”

“If you do something, and something happens–it will make sense that the change of events will repeat, in a similiar situation.  This is why iterations are important–if you find the answer immediately, it would lead to a new set of questions.  There´s no shortage of challenges in life–don´t rush or you will just encounter the next problem faster.  Stick to it–see how it goes, in time.  Rather then sprinting a marathon–enjoy the process of question, examination, understanding, change, and response.”

“So since I dug the last hole–can you dig the next one?”

“But I pay you”, I say to the writer as I take a sip of coffee and lean back in my chair.

“It´s an exercise in team building”, he replies as he takes a sip of his coffee, “we all chip in and no one has too much of a load.”

“You sound like me.”

“I have been paying attention.”

“Speaking of paying”, I reply as I lean forward in my chair, “I´ll pay for this round of coffee–and we can see what happens when we get into the atmosphere of the planet.”


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