33 Thoughts About Turning 33

An interesting inventory about aging. It begs questions. My favorite is this : should we only list “resolutions” on New Years? Or should we have more frequent reckonings at other points during the year?

Damon Ashworth Psychology

This will be an unfiltered post. No thinking things through. No edits. Just reflections on life, age, and anything else that pops into my head. Here goes nothing:

  1. Turning 33 feels weird
  2. I feel old at times, especially in my body
  3. I still feel like a child at other times too, and I wonder whether I will ever feel like a proper adult
  4. I can’t believe I have so much grey hair now
  5. It’s strange to wonder where the time has gone
  6. Yet when I think about it, I really have done a lot and had many amazing experiences in my time on this planet
  7. I’m happier now than I have ever been before
  8. We never really know how our life will turn out
  9. I couldn’t have planned for what has occurred in my life, and yet it’s pretty amazing that things have turned out the way they have
  10. I’m…

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New Years Resolutions

Streams Of Destiny

Do you make the same list, or mostly the same list, each year? Do you say “things will be different this year “? Do you quit on “Blue Monday,” or at the latest Valentine’s Day, each year?

If this is really about doing something different, then why do you keep repeating the same behavior, expecting different results?

Can you write down one simple thing, something truly different, this year?

Can you track how long it lasts?

Are you willing to restart the very next day?

Are you still willing to make the number of days between failures bigger and bigger?

Are you willing to recognize that some kinds of change are about “progress, not perfection”?

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Priorities not Resolutions

Arguably, both lists (priorities and resolutions) are either inventories or points of departure for inventories. Any given entry in the list can be scrutinized in more detail.

Most years, I make the list in October or November and start testing each item in November or December. Unworkable items are dropped. Good items are kept for the “official” January start.

A few items are tuned and tested again.

To be certain, “less is more.”. Short simple lists work best.

Recovery river

“Spend all of your time on those things you value most — on those things which you believe go beyond the here-and-now. The more time you can spend on things you believe to be of infinite worth, the more powerful your daily life and behavior will be.”  Benjamin Hardy

Making changes in one’s life is difficult. It is hard to push through even a single change; we are creatures of habit. We like the predictability of knowing what is going to happen next in our lives. Changes are fought tooth and nail. We want things to stay the same. That’s why New Year’s resolutions don’t work: the energy required to make the change is far more than we are willing and sometimes able to give.

Resolutions often fail because we have not really ‘resolved’ to do anything. We have made a decision to, for example, lose weight, but have not made specific…

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A Palindromic Magic Square for the Year 2019

Explorations of Inventories is a 12 Step blog, so why this reblog? Because the premise of the blog is an expansion of select mathematical ideas into metaphors that serve as tools for solving personal problems. Magic squares could be used that way, dissolving a situation into the pieces of a square with intentional gaps. Fill in the gaps creatively, and a previously unseen solution may emerge.

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2019 palinhdromic magic square.png

The above 4 × 4 magic square only has the digits 2, 0. 1, and 9 (from the year 2019) and as a bonus, the four digits in its upper-left section form “2019”. It has a magic sum of 132. This means the sums of the magic square’s columns, rows, and diagonals are all equal to 132. It is also a semi-pandiagonal magic square since it contains some of the features of a pandiagonal magic square, namely:

  • Partial Panmagic Square — The 2-2 broken diagonals (on both sides) of this magic square have a magic sum of 132 as well. For this to be a panmagic square, the 3-1 broken diagonals should also be equal to the magic sum, but unfortunately, this magic square does not have that property. From here on, note that the sum of the cells with identical background colors is equivalent to the magic sum, which…

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Holiday (Lack of) Productivity

Inventories of Windows of Opportunity can help. Identify the best time to break through the bottleneck in your life (Eli Goldratt’s “Theory of Constraints”) and “Eat That Frog 🐸” (Brian Tracy). Rinse once and repeat! (Don’t forget to rest. Practice the HALT principle or you will become ineffective.)

Rita Davie

Yesterday I started a month of holidays.

In a fit of overzealous optimism, I mentally committed myself (ha! not that kind of committed, although probably not the worst idea) to reading and writing a LOT every single day. I went to Chapters and bought two new books (Women Talking by Miriam Toews and I’ll be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos – I’ll let you know how they are in another post) and was determined to get through at least one of them on my 7 hour flight.

I did read about half of one book and finished off the most recent chapter in my #workinprogress, but was far less productive than I thought I’d be. Instead I made best friends with my adorable seat mates who had been married 53 years and still teased each other mercilessly #relationshipgoals.

Today I woke up at 6:30am because of…

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Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

In my opinion, the right amount of worry is determined by a cost-benefit offset (whether the worry is made worth it by a probable outcome) in regards to a desired result.  Because in the objective sense, worry is useless; we’ll all pass away, meaning the only relevant question is:  “How do I maximize fulfillment in the time I have left?”

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