During a quick CTRL-F action on this signal word, I understood why I had tripped. The text of a few hundred words contained ‘but’ 51 times. Luckily I was wearing my helmet and knee pads. 51 times the signal word was used as a Czech Republic Phone Number handy bridge to connect sentences. Probably in the hope that this word would guide the reader through the story. Wishful thinking. One of my guilty pleasures is watching the TV show Blind Date. If at the end of a date one person says to the other: “I thought it was a really nice date, but…”, you can already see the mood coming. But… everything before the word ‘but’ is not true The word but has a negative association in our unconscious brain. Think about it: When you receive a compliment followed by the word “but,” you’re probably thinking, “Oh dear, now comes the bad news.
Curate a Beautiful
If you want to thank someone for something, wonder how someone is doing, make a donation, do it now. It’s the only time you have. Practice doing nothing. It’s quite an art: doing nothing. And of course you are always doing something (breathing, standing) and something always has your attention. But it is very pleasant from time to time to consciously do nothing and to take action with a possible challenge but to leave it for what it is for a while. In short 4,000 weeks (affiliate) is an encouragement to want less but do it better. All you have is that you are here now and that is actually more than enough.I’ve tripped over the 4-letter word ‘but’ so many times that I now wear a helmet and knee pads.
10 tips to help you embrace your finitude The final chapter of the book contains ten counter-intuitive pieces of advice. With that you play a game that you can win: that list can go down. The first open list does not have to be completed. Series-task, series-task, series-task. Avoid switches and all kinds of smaller tasks as snacks but finish one project or task before taking on another. Decide where you are going to fail. Undertake strategically. What are you allowed to do or not do, moderately or poorly, given the work to which you are really committed? Look at what you have completed and not at what is unfinished.