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Unformatted text preview: Constructive Living Copyright Philosophers Notes page 1 Constructive Living Outgrow shyness, depression, fear, stress, grief, chronic pain. Achieve the goal of Constructive Living--to do everything well. by David K. Reynolds University of Hawaii Free Press 1984 120 pages The Big Ideas The Goal: Self-Mastery. The Five Principles Of Constructive Living. Copernicus & You. Lessons in astronomy. The First Step Take it. The Question: Now what needs to be done? Doing Depression Stop doing it! Fear & Stress We all have it. Mastery of Life & Constructive Living. The Big Ideas There are no neurotics or geniuses or failures or fools. There are only neurotic moments, flashes of brilliance, failed opportunities, and stupid mistakes. But these moments, pleas- ant or unpleasant, can never fix us into rigid, immutable characters. We cannot help but change. This book is about choosing the direction of your changingness and acting upon your choice. ~ David K. Reynolds from Constructive Living Constructive Living . Its a book a friend and favorite author of mine, Dan Millman ( The Way of the Peaceful Warrior , Everyday Enlightenment , etc.), recommended to me. Ive always admired Dan and his work for his ability to blend East and West with an ultimate focus on ACTION. And, now I know why he recommended this book to me: its an incredible manual on how to master ourselves and learn to take consistent, impeccable action. Constructive Living is based on the fundamental notion that, although we cant control our feelings, we CAN control our behaviors. And, as a result, craft our ideal life. Or, as Reynolds says so poetically: Our behavior is controllable in a way that our feelings are not. There is a very special satisfaction for the Artist of Living who works within lifes limits to produce a fine self-portrait. The more control we develop over our actions, the more chance we have of producing a self we can be proud of. That, in a nutshell, is what Constructive Living is all about. I have no doubt youll enjoy this book. Its a quick read--only 120 pages--and Im excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas with you now! The Goal: Self-Mastery The mature human being goes about doing what needs to be done regardless of whether that person feels great or terrible. Knowing that you are the kind of person with that kind of self-control brings all the satisfaction and confidence you will ever need. Even on days when the satisfaction and confidence just arent there, you can get the job done anyway. Amen. Its amazing to me to look back at my own life and see the swings of productivity --up and down... up and down--dependent on what was going on outside of me. To watch my own maturity into the kind of human being that can more and more consistently show up in spite of whats going on has, as Reynolds so powerful articulates, given me an Constructive Living Copyright Philosophers Notes page 2 One can have no smaller...
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2011 for the course SLS 2000 taught by Professor Mitchell during the Fall '06 term at FIU.
- Fall '06