My current emphasis: how to make good habits and break bad ones (really)

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Monthly Archives: December 2007



Try to do one nagging task each day, or even better, avoid having a nagging task.

One of the boxes on my Resolutions Chart reads “Nagging task.” I try to cross one nagging task off my list each day. This doesn’t sound like much, but just doing one a day means that over the course of a few weeks, I get quite a bit accomplished. Just as important, I’ve tried to take steps to reduce the …


On Thomas Merton, pride, and why people who think they’re morally superior may become major cheats.

Over the weekend, I read Paul Elie’s The Life You Save May Be Your Own. It’s a group biography; I read it because I’m very interested in Flannery O’Connor, and I also wanted to learn more about the writer Thomas Merton – a man who converted to Catholicism at age 24, and become a Trappist monk two years later. I’d …


This Saturday: a happiness quotation from the Dalai Lama.

“We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness but they also lessen our experience of suffering. Here I am not suggesting that the individual whose actions are motivated by the wish to bring others happiness necessarily meets with less misfortune than the one who does not. Sickness, old age, mishaps of one sort or another are the …