Frustration, Chasing Fun and Blunting Attention

Merry Monday!

Here’s the first bi-monthly blog featuring a tidbit from Yours Truly, a quote from someone else and a question for you.

Bon appetit and have a glorious week.

A Tidbit From Me

Frustration befalls all, though it befouls only some.

Observing young people react to the friction of frustration is telling: annoyance, anger, discouragement. Adults feel similar, they just hide it better.

Gentle but persistent encouragement through the doing, regardless of endpoint success or failure, seems to be the way.

Examples with action are preferable to direction by words.

As the heat of frustration cools, a nugget of persistence remains.

Progress, by definition is to be found in the journey, not the destination. 

Two Quotes From Others

Two complementary quotes for you this week, one from a gym-goer and one from a TV presenter:

“Don’t ever chase money, chase fun and knowledge.”

Charlie Brooker on a podcast I overheard

“Full of fun, thank you, full of fun.”

An OAP at the gym in answer to my, ‘How are you doing?’

A Question For You

Attention is blunted by switching attention from one thing to another. Social media is designed to hold your attention on a carousel of different optimally attention-grabbing (and therefore attention-blunting) stimuli.

My question: is social media worth having attention blunted for real life? If so, why? 

Hope you enjoyed the first of many tidbits, quotes and questions from me, every other Monday.

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