One of my biggest fears in life is getting too comfortable and having every day be the same. And I think I sometimes go to unhealthy extremes to keep that from coming to pass.
We tend to grossly overestimate the pleasure brought forth by new experiences and underestimate the power of finding meaning in current ones.
Gratitude is what allows you to feel that same sense of wonderment about your day-to-day life as you would if you were walking the streets of a faraway city.
While travel does expand and stretch the horizons of what we know about the world, it is not the answer we’re looking for in times of unrest. To strengthen the health of the mind, the venue to do that in is the one we are in now.
If the big marathon story of 2017 was the Nike-sponsored Breaking2 Project, a meticulously controlled, closed-to-the-public attempt to get a few superstars to run obscenely fast in perfect conditions, Boston 2018 was the perfect foil for such elitism.
It was as though the marathon gods summoned a mid-April tempest just to remind us that the event isn’t supposed to be about the sterile pursuit of arbitrary records.
For a publication that is infamous for articles with titles like The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Runner in Your Life or 10 Mental Tricks That Will Make Your Runs Even Better, it was refreshing to read Alex Hutchinson’s last article with RW — The Seven Pillars of Running Wisdom.
The bottom line?
- Run more
- Slowly increase your volume
- There are no shortcuts
Pain is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it nor do we want to. The pain will guide you. You will know when to rest more; you will know when you are healing.
There are two key reasons that the distinction between maker and manager schedules matters for each of us and the people we work with.
First, defining the type of schedule we need is more important than worrying about task management systems or daily habits. If we try to do maker work on a manager schedule or managerial work on a maker schedule, we will run into problems.
Second, we need to be aware of which schedule the people around us are on so we can be considerate and let them get their best work done.
Incentives backfire when there are no negative consequences for those who exploit them.