Taking It At Face Value

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile

If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noticed a trend.  For someone that relies on technology, the Internet, and social media, I maintain a particularly cynical view about the implications of being constantly connected.  I acknowledge the irony in this considering that without these advances in modern technology, I wouldn’t be able to get this message out today.  But with all of the convenience and opportunity that it affords us, there is still an elephant in the room and that elephant’s name is accountability.
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Monotasking: A Paradigm Shift

“We’re so busy trying to make machines more human that we fail to see that humans are devolving into a machine-like state in the process.” -Coach Matt

Busy.  It’s the new defacto standard any time someone asks, “how have you been?”.  In the same way etiquette conditions us to reply with “I’m fine, thank you, and you?” when someone asks how we are, we’ve managed to generate a canned response that ensures everyone knows we have a lot on our plate, all the time.  My favorite parody (or stark, sobering reality) on this topic can be found in Tim Kreider’s, “Lazy: a Manifesto” from his hilarious We Learn Nothing: Essays.  The issue with this is the subtle expectation that in our personal lives, and especially in our careers, we are led to believe that our pot of daily tasks should be boiling to the brim in order to validate our sense of worth or to prove that we are “keeping up with” our peers.  This is largely due to the fact that parts of our lives that were once compartmentalized (i.e. work and home life) are now innately incorporated into every moment of our day thanks to mobile devices and uninterrupted connectivity.
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Two Ingredients Missing From Your Morning Coffee

“Your brain is not designed to make you happy.  That’s your job.” – Tony Robbins

The alarm sounds at 5:30a.m.  You slap the snooze button with a groan and roll over, burying your head beneath your pillow.  Ten minutes later, you’re waking up to the same dreadful buzzing sound.  You sit up slowly, rub your eyes and swing your legs off the side of your bed to zombie walk to the bathroom.  The first noise of the day is cold water running from the faucet and smashing against the surface of the sink.  You turn on the light and squint at the reflection in the mirror.  Splash!  Cold water from your cupped hands hits your face and sends a message loud and clear to your central nervous system: “Wake up!”  Before you complete another thought, you’re in the kitchen with the coffee maker switched on, impatiently waiting for the pot to fill with enough coffee for that first cup.  Each blink of the eye gets heavier as you fight fatigue.  The lights are on, but no one is home.  After what feels like an eternity, the coffee stops brewing and you pour it, scalding hot, from the pot into your cup.  You raise the cup to your lips, inhale the aroma, and take a small first sip.  Suddenly, all seems right in the world.  You look at the clock and realize twenty minutes have passed and you have to leave the house within the next half hour.  Your mind races.  Sip.  Without a thought, you turn back towards the bathroom with coffee in hand to jump in the shower.  Sip.  6:10 a.m. You’re out of the shower and staring blankly into the closet deciding what to wear.  Sip.  Clothes on, shoes tied, briefcase in hand. Sip.  “Am I forgetting anything?” Sip. 6:29 a.m. “I don’t have time to worry about it. I have to go.” Gulp.  The ceramic mug hits the counter top with a high pitched “ding” and you rush out the door.

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The “What If?” Series: “What if every restaurant offered the option to substitute bread with greens?”

This is part of a blog post series developed by yours truly that will explore the question of “what if?”.  These are often questions I ask myself when exploring how small changes on a macro level might have a significant impact in improving our health.  Please leave your thoughts in the comments and feel free to submit your own “what if?” questions. Who knows, you may just see your “what if?” covered in a post here.

Don’t punch your computer screen just yet.  When I first started experimenting with different diets, many of them prescribed cutting out or significantly limiting carbohydrates referred to by most people as “bread”. Continue Reading