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Article dont_forget_to_live

Published on February 27th, 2013 | by Dan Walsh

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Don’t Forget to Live

I’m often torn between personal growth and comfort. The two seem at odds with each other. Relentless improvement, almost by definition, insists upon never being satisfied. We can become like diamonds under such pressure, but we pay for the¬†privilege¬†with happiness. All of the following lines struck a chord of truth within me.

We avoid accepting praise because we fear we will start to believe it and cease to improve. We avoid creating a home because we fear it will make us too content to move, to lay our head on the rolled up sweater of the next opportunity. We avoid taking a job because we fear we will get addicted to the money and never start a company.

I personally try to balance growth and comfort, and I don’t believe leaning to one side or the other is any more right or wrong. However, I think that I (maybe all of us?) all too often make the choices that lead to either comfort or progress without weighing the cost/potential outcome. It is a cumbersome calculation to undertake in the moment. Peter Nixey’s post is an excellent reminder to stay mindful of these choices.

Read: Don’t Forget to Live by Peter Nixey

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2 Responses to Don’t Forget to Live

  1. Meredith says:

    Is that work of art in the photo of Sisyphus? He has an interesting story. If you aren’t familiar with it, you should check it out. The interpretations made by different people over the years are fun to ponder over as well.

    • Dan Walsh says:

      It is Sisyphus! Good eye. I thought it fit the message of the article. What do you think?
      That sculpture is in the Highgate Cemetery in London. Ya know, if you’re ever in the hood and want to check it out. :)

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