On Anxiety – James Pierce

Source: https://twitter.com/jimmpierce/status/1279993572754767874

 

The End of Anxiety, a thread.

Life was not meant to be lived in a state of perpetual anxiety.

The triggers of anxiety are external, but the cause is internal.

Try to remove the triggers of anxiety, and you will be trying for the rest of your life.

Remove the cause of anxiety, and there will be no anxiety left to deal with.

The cause of anxiety is hope.

You suffer in the present because you hope for the future.

If you approach life as though you have something to gain from it, you will be prone to anxiety.

Life is an empty, meaningless, glorious game.

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” —Alan Watts

Anxiety itself is nothing to be anxious about.

The arising of anxiety only causes problems for one who seeks to escape it.

Anxiety comes to an end in the person who realizes he can hold on to nothing.

Everything that can be had can be lost.

Only one who is at peace with the transitory nature of things can truly live.

25 Principles of Adult Behavior

By John Perry Barlow (October 3, 1977)

1. Be patient. No matter what. 2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, never blame. Say nothing behind another’s back you’d be unwilling to say, in exactly the same tone and language, to his face. 3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you. 4. Expand your sense of the possible. 5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change. 6. Expect no more of anyone than you yourself can deliver. 7. Tolerate ambiguity. 8. Laugh at yourself frequently. 9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than whom is right. 10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong. 11. Give up blood sports. 12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Do not endanger it frivolously. And never endanger the life of another. 13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. 14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them. 15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that. 16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun. 17. Praise at least as often as you disparage. 18. Never let your errors pass without admission. 19. Become less suspicious of joy. 20. Understand humility. 21. Forgive. 22. Foster dignity. 23. Live memorably. 24. Love yourself. 25. Endure.

Discovered these at Tim Ferris Blog