Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#16)

Hidey ho, good internet neighbors! A short update and then let’s get down to business: I am going to experiment with publishing these every other week moving forward . . . hopefully there are plenty of links to keep you coffee tawking in-between! This will allow me to focus on my bi-weekly behind-the-business dispatch on the off-weeks, as well as some longer-form writing projects that I would like to share with you sooner than later!

Mind

“We don’t need more bits and bytes of information, or more frequent updates about each other’s modest daily accomplishments. What we need instead is more wisdom, insight, understanding and discernment — less quantity, higher quality; less breadth and more depth.

The reality is that we each have limited working memories, meaning we can only retain a certain amount of new information in our minds at any given time. If we’re forever flooding the brain with new facts, other information necessarily gets crowded out before it’s been retained in our long-term memory. If you selectively reduce what you’re taking in, then you can hold on to more of what you really want to remember.”

—Tony Schwartz In Praise of Depth

Body

“I am becoming possessed. The part of me that experienced the negative data, the self, is becoming overwhelmed, I can no longer see where I end and the pain begins. So now I have a choice.

I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight, white fist into a gentle, brown wave. From my first inhalation 15 years ago, it fumigated my private hell and lay me down in its hazy pastures and a bathroom floor in Hackney embraced me like a womb.

This shadow is darkly cast on the retina of my soul and whenever I am dislodged from comfort my focus falls there.

It is 10 years since I used drugs or drank alcohol and my life has improved immeasurably. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.

The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational.”

—Russell Brand, My Life Without Drugs

Business

Doghouse Diaries - Plans vs. Reality

Books

Just for Fun

And why-oh-why wasn’t I in town for this?!?!
The Walking Dead Zombies prank NYC:

  • Thanks for including my Re-Work takeaways, Jenny! I always look forward to your weekend coffee talk to see if any of these links need to end up on my monthly wrap ups.

    • Sure thing — I love your stuff!!! That ReWork post was epic 🙂