The Miscellany of Stewart McCoy

“"Do what you love" treats "what you love" as a fixed thing, but it’s not. I used to hate running. I would sometimes force myself to run a few miles because it’s supposed to be healthy, but I never liked it. Then I read a book that said we are born to run, and that it can be fun. Inspired, I decided to try running just for fun, focus on the quality of every step, and forget about the goal completion aspect of it. Very quickly, I learned to enjoy running, and over time I’ve transformed my entire relationship with fitness and exercise to be oriented more toward enjoyment.”

– Paul Buchheit

“Life rarely goes the way we want it to. When we’re taking risks and trying something new, we should expect that it often won’t work out the way we had planned. And even if we try to keep our lives narrow and risk free, things still won’t work out the way we had planned. We can get angry and frustrated and stuck, or we can accept and move forward, assuming that whatever happened is somehow for the best.”

– Paul Bucheit

Grandpa Kent prepping for chemo to combat pancreatic cancer. The patriarch is leaving us 20 years before we thought he would.  

Grandpa Kent prepping for chemo to combat pancreatic cancer. The patriarch is leaving us 20 years before we thought he would.  

“And there is no best practice, no tip or technique to sort thoughts, to build knowledge systems, and to structure human interaction except for a curious, conscious, vivid mind, guided by a strong will, that resists the temptation to fall back onto fast-thought stereotypes.”

– Oliver Reichenstein

“Listening requires the patience to recognize your feelings in other people’s words, no matter how trivial, dark and empty their language may seem. It requires you to become someone else while you listen. The fog of boredom and emptiness when listening to people you don’t sympathize with can be a sign that they are boring, empty, or not making sense. It can also be a sign that you do not understand. Listening requires that you accept the nuisance of not understanding, of feeling deaf, blind, numb, and still pay attention. Listening is the first step of deep thought. It is painful to give yourself up, but it is highly rewarding. To fill the glass with fresh water, first empty it.”

– Oliver Reichenstein