Stumbled across a nice quote

As some of you know I have lately been very focused on self-improvement and trying to take care of mistakes from the past to build a nicer and brighter future. Thanks to the magic of cookies on the computer I saw this quote just now while browsing some work related websites.

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison, and expecting the other person to die.”
– Buddha

I doubt that the attribution to Buddha is correct but no matter what I like the quote and wanted to share it with you all in this short post.

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My new daily routine

Lately, I have written several posts about trying to improve your personality and your life. I am trying to apologize and repair some mistakes from the past. And to avoid making mistakes like those again I am now shaping my life according to what I WANT and not what anybody else tells me it should be like.

One thing I recently learned is how important it is to have sort of a fixed schedule for every day. Maybe it sounds boring and a bit nerdy, but try it! You will be surprised how good it will make you feel.

This is a short run-down of my daily routine, since I am the father of two children there obviously are some sidetracks from this schedule but this is the base for my daily routine.

I get up at 4:30 AM and right away start my habit-stacking routine which includes the following.

  • Make the bed
  • Run on the treadmill for 45 minutes
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Shower
  • Review my goals
  • Note what are the two most important tasks for the day

After this, I usually try to incorporate a new part of my life, a declutter habit. I clean my desk and make it ready for work tonight.

At 6:30AM I go outside and walk to Starbucks. On the way there I am listening to podcasts, usually Gary Vaynerchuk’s, on my Blackberry Priv using the Spotify app.

Around 7:00AM I arrive in Starbucks and buy a venti cappuccino and a skinny blueberry muffin. I sit down in Starbucks and while eating my breakfast I go through the emails and reply to the ones that doesn’t require much time. The more time-consuming ones I leave as unread for later. This morning e-mail routine is just to get away the majority of the easy tasks generated by the new e-mails, and one key effect of doing this early is you reply before the recipient is in their office. They will most likely not reply to you until lunch time at least, which means most likely you don’t need to care about their e-mail until the next day.

Here in Shanghai most people arrive in their offices around 9:00AM. From 8:30AM to 1:00PM I usually go around the city with metro and taxi to various meetings and do various tasks outside like sending packages, documents and stuff like that.

1:00PM to aproximately 2:00PM I have lunch. Shanghai is such a international city so here you can find basically any type of food. I usually eat some simple Chinese food but atleast one time every week I try to get some typical western food in restaurants like Wagas or Blue Frog. If I eat lunch in a typical Chinese restaurant then I am usually finished in just 20 minutes, then after lunch I usually go to Starbucks or Costa Coffee and sit down for a while and watch some news on YouTube and/or read some newspapers online. If I have lunch in Wagas or Blue Frog then obviously I just stay there and do my catching up on the news, as those restaurants are usually a quiet paradise compared to their Chinese counterparts.

After lunch it is time to deal with those more time consuming e-mails I skipped in the morning as well as any other type of work that needs to be done on the computer. Usually I do this work in Starbucks or some other coffee shop and finish around 6:00PM, then I take the metro and go back home..

When I come back home around 7:00PM I try to squeeze in another 30 minutes running on the treadmill to wind-down after a long day outside..

After various family related tasks I ones again sit down at the desk around 10:30PM and finish off the work day, confirming that I have finished the two most important tasks I identified in the morning as well checking what other things I have finished during the day.

Then around 11:30PM its time to sleep and a couple of hours later at 4:30AM get going again.

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Its good to know what you are talking about

I have never claimed and will never claim that I know everything that I honestly should know, but I am sure I will get on in life quite well anyway.

Like I written in previous posts I am lately quite interested in US politics and watch shows like ‘Morning Joe’ regularly on YouTube. The most recent craziness from the Trump White House is his comment regarding the American Civil War:

“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, “There’s no reason for this.” People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

I am Swedish but even me know that the Civil War started 16 years after Andrew Jackson died. Andrew Jackson was born 1767 and died 1845. Pretty impressing that he still could say that there is “no reason for this”, referring to the war that started 16 years after his death.

And I feel it’s quite scary and disrespectful for a president to ask why the civil war couldn’t be worked out? The fact that about 750 000 people died during the four-year long bloodbath is sort of proof enough that it couldn’t have been worked out so easily. And last, the Civil War was about the south wanting to maintain the slavery and the nice financial benefits that came with it for them.

More about Jackson that Trump seems to have missed is the fact that Andrew Jackson was a slaveholder who stood on the wrong side of the fundamental moral issue of his times, and of the Civil War—human bondage.

The following text is from the website of the Hermitage, Jackson’s Tennessee home.

“In all reality, slavery was the source of Andrew Jackson’s wealth. (…) The Hermitage was a 1,000 acre, a self-sustaining plantation that relied completely on the labor of enslaved African American men, women, and children…. When Andrew Jackson bought The Hermitage in 1804, he owned nine enslaved African Americans. Just 25 years later that number had swelled to over 100 through purchase and reproduction. At the time of his death in 1845, Jackson owned approximately 150 people who lived and worked on the property.”

I personally don’t think that Trump is the only one lacking key knowledge about history but since he is the president of the USA his lack of knowledge has been revealed. But I think this is a common problem on all levels of society and in every country in the world, if we as people knew more about our past then we wouldn’t do the same mistakes over and over again. This is true both personally and for the human race as a whole.

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