Contemplation (Burghardt)

In “Contemplation”, Burghardt suggests several ways one might realize a profound capacity for contemplation:

  1. Have experience in the desert, in the face of solitude, vastness, and powers of life and death beyond your control.
  2. Develop a feeling of festivity, a withdrawal from utility to be in something meaningful in itself.
  3. Play as in wonder, let loose the imagination.
  4. Let go, don’t try to “possess” the object of your delight; and don’t expect to “profit” from contemplation, from pleasure.
    “Birds are only birds when they are in the bush or on the wing.”
  5. Read contemplatives, making friends with non-solitary/non-escapist contemplatives, like Martin Luther King, Lao-Tzu, and Mr. Blue (see original publication for full list).

“Unless you can look upon things and persons and God with a long loving look, your activity is likely to end in frustration and failure  — and you a castaway.”

“Contemplation, my friends, is not a luxury; it is the mark of a lover…”


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Don’t Waste Your Attention

John Wheeler’s Advice for Aspiring Hackers:

Attention is the greatest currency we have in life, so don’t waste yours being idle or doing things that don’t matter. Follow a schedule like Benjamin Franklin’s, work hard, and get plenty of sleep.

Don’t kid yourself saying you’ll be able to do tomorrow what you can do today. Learn to be frugal and save your money. Develop the habits of reading and writing. Work on what interests you. Don’t let employment stop you from fulfilling your own dreams: slot out an hour or two a day you can work on your own thing. Preferably the best hours.

John Wheeler,


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It is clear that I need to clarify and be consistent with my use of our 3 primary pronouns: I/me, you, and we/us.

I/me will refer to me, the author, in the way of gonzo journalism.

You will refer to you, the reader.

We/us will refer to the collection of I/me and you.


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Lean Tuesday

Happy Lean Tuesday!

What is Lean Tuesday?

Besides a play on “Fat Tuesday”, it’s a silly phrase I use for a routine Tuesday “cleaning house” during which I choose something, anything – junk in my room, my email backlog – and I get rid of as much of it as possible.  I must warn you: I tried this a couple times a few years ago and regret deleting 700 Facebook friends, but it was my own fault for not knowing at the time that I could just unfollow them instead – lesson learned.  Deleting things from your life can result in irrecoverable loss.  Choose wisely, but don’t wait.  Go now.  Delete things.  Throw things away.  And have yourself a very merry Lean Tuesday!


Hunter S. Thompson on Purpose

Before he was famous, Hunter S. Thompson wrote about Purpose and the Meaning of Life in a letter to Hume.


  • One must find their own purpose.
  • Do not chase the goal.  The goal is secondary.
  • Understand yourself.  Adjust the goal to fit you.
  • You must choose a path that is truly meaningful to you.
  • You are not stuck.  Look.  Choose.



The Ultimate Success Formula

In The Ultimate Success Formula on the Tony Robbins Podcast, Joseph McClendon III describes the Four Steps to Getting What You Want.

This formula is simple, not easy.

Four Steps to Getting What You Want

  1. Goal
  2. Why
  3. Action
  4. Response