Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Wisdom, distilled...

I spent part of today going over my notes from this four month cross-country odyssey, which is only now drawing to a close. To recap, the first hundred days were spent riding a bicycle solo from San Diego to Washington DC, and of that everything from San Diego CA to Florida was done without the benefit of music or spoken-word podcasts: it was just me, on mostly deserted roads, with only my own memories and thoughts to keep me company. And furthermore, the primary reason I did any of this in the first place was to gain wisdom. So, what did I come up with from all these hours of intense uninterrupted reflection? It turns out it can all be boiled down to exactly two principles:
  1. If you're dwelling on the past, then you aren't doing enough of value right now.
  2. If you're at a loss as to what to do, then perform an act of kindness.
I don't read a lot of self-help books (or books on religion/"spirituality"), and most of what I HAVE read I don't have a lot of respect for. So, since I'm unlikely to have an uninterrupted span of time this long again until retirement, the above two principles apparently represent the best guidance I've got on how to live the rest of my life.

I hope they work :)

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