Musings

There’s a gigantic difference between “Do what works” and “Do what feels good.”  The first approach is functionality based; it requires constant, brutally honest assessment (so I can check my stances, make sure they’re still relevant, and also so I can ensure that I’m behaving ethically).  The second approach—while able to deliver results—can easily be hijacked by confirmation bias and desire to indulge, incentivizing me to justify lack of results with outdated philosophies:  modalities that appeal to my emotions but completely neglect function. 

But hey, I’m free to do whatever I want, right?  😉  (personally, although the first approach may not always “feel good,” I find it more fulfilling in the long term)

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12 thoughts on “Musings

    • No problem! I’ve seen the talented few who achieve amazing success just on what feels good, but that approach isn’t for me. Life has kicked my butt too many a time for me to go with just my feelings. I use them as a guide, not a rule.

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      • Exactly! This is represented in a lot of underworld myths; the hero has to have a firm grasp of fundamentals as they descend into chaos, but there is gold to be had if you can get past the dragon. The hero is required to integrate some darkness or reconcile some evil within themselves, but if they can do it, then they’re rewarded by their troubles (like Bilbo was when he owned up to his duty as a thief).

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  1. Feeling good is nice. Yet, you are so right…often when we do what is ‘right’ we tend to feel better in the long run. Kit Kats are an indulgence. I should refrain from them because of my life with type one Diabetes. When I avoid the chocolate, I feel better. Sometimes!
    This truism works in other more nefarious areas as well. (sticking tongue out at Man Child for being so damn wise!)

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