“When your efforts are not directed at a cause or a purpose, how will you know what to do day in and day out? How will you know what to say no to and what to say yes to? How will you know when you’ve had enough, when you’ve reached your goal, when you’ve gotten off track, if you’ve never defined what those things are? The answer is that you cannot. And so you are driven into failure – or worse, into madness by the oblivion of directionlessness.” – The Daily Stoic
“The human animal, like others, is adapted to a certain amount of struggle for life, and when by means of great wealth homosapiens can gratify all his whims without effort, the mere absence of effort from his life removes an essential ingredient of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell
Baby Girl. Ugh, we’ve been trying to get her to go poo on the toilet. Which is a lot harder than it sounds. She holds onto it. She will go first thing in the morning before we get her diaper off, or hold it all day and go at night once the diaper is back on. No budging what so ever. So after giving up that struggle, we have bought a little bag of chocolate and reward her with a treat when she goes poo on the toilet.
Now she holds it and only goes a little bit at a time. Getting thrice the number of treats. She’s a scammer that one. She’s way smarter than us.
This morning I made myself tea. My delicious and gourmet Davids Tea.
I sat down on the couch with a magazine in one hand and my steaming cup in the other.
I read that magazine.
My kid and my husband fought over what to have for breakfast. He won by the way. Then she threw a tantrum and he told her to sit in the time out corner. She didn’t She ran up the stairs, making a big show of it, and went into her room. Her very own act of defiance. He followed her up in a huff and closed the door to her room. She freaked out because the door was closed. He came down and cooled off. She calmed down after a while. He went up and she apologized. They came downstairs.
Then a fight erupted over the laundry he was folding. Honestly, I stopped paying attention. I was trying really hard not to pay attention. I sat there and read that magazine. I don’t know what it was about, but I read it. From front to end.