From a subscriber:
“Re: ‘Who’s Pushing You In the Right Direction,’ this occasional trimming (culling?) of relationships is a delicate matter. Sometimes it’s a no-brainer, and sometimes there are contra-arguments regarding the need for forgiveness, inclusiveness, and the degree to which pliability in oneself is a good quality. The smiley side of it is that my culling of *them* is spiritual discrimination; *their* culling of me is neurotic brittleness.”
And this, from another subscriber, about the same post:
“I agree wholeheartedly. Time is a precious commodity — ironic in retirement maybe because each day, in theory, has more disposable time, but we are in the last (30-40... aspirational) years of our lives so we don’t have time to waste... on historical friends who may now be taking us in the wrong direction, lousy movies or books, bad food, misguided philosophies. It’s now or never.”
While I’m at it, the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, might have sent this comment to me if the internet had been around in 100 AD when he wrote his Manual For Living:
Avoid fraternizing with people who don’t share your values. Prolonged association with those with false ideas can only tarnish your thinking.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
About The Fun Muscle, a subscriber wrote:
“Many years ago, my young daughter made me a t-shirt for my birthday with one of my favourite quotes from one of my life-guides...”
Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.
― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat