The Way

Date
Tags life
Target Audience Not you.
Epistemic Status Totally unsubstantiated opinions.

On At­ti­tude

  1. Take it easy

    Act­ively re­lax, and try not to be­come stressed about things. If things are going poorly, ask your­self what the con­sequences will be in five years or a dec­ade. Prob­ably none.

  2. The time is what it is

    Live in the mo­ment, and worry less about the fu­ture. More prac­tic­ally, stop checking a watch if you have al­lowed enough time for whatever it is you need to do.

  3. Some things are in our con­trol and others not The En­chiridion, Epic­t­etus

    Not everything will go well in life, and some­times bad things will seem to come out of nowhere. When that hap­pens, ask your­self if you could have af­fected or fore­seen the out­come: if not, don’t worry about it, just deal with it.

On People

  1. One time, one meeting (一期一会, ichi-go ichi-e) Ja­panese idiom

    Treasure meet­ings and gath­er­ings, as they will never be re­peated ex­actly. Even if the same people are gathered in the same situ­ation, the at­ti­tudes of the people will have changed over time.

On Tech­niques

  1. There is no single re­cipe for making the per­fect tea, as there are no rules for pro­du­cing a Titian or a Sesson The Book of Tea, Kakuzo Okakura

    There is no guar­an­teed path to per­fec­tion. All rules are mut­able. Things are not uni­ver­sally good or bad. “Only a Sith deals in ab­so­lutes” is an­other a way of ex­pressing the latter part of this.

  2. A standard is the least un­sat­is­fact­ory, not the best

    Just be­cause some­thing is the standard or es­tab­lished way of doing things does not make it su­perior to newer al­tern­at­ives. Ques­tion tra­di­tion.