Philosophical Math

Math concepts play a part in many aspects of our life today.  We use addition, subtraction, division, multiplication for day to day transactions. We use angles for constructing buildings.  We use proportions for cooking and baking. These are just a few examples showing the practical use of math.

There are some math equations that I have arrived at (based on my personal experiences):


Fulfillment is inversely proportional to Social Media usage 

I have noticed that my social media usage has reduced ever since started  training for a triathlon. This has been one of my most fulfilling “hobbies”.  Perhaps because it has made me stronger, both mentally and physically.  

I usually turned to Facebook or Instagram when I was bored or lonely.  I guess that type of void has been eliminated. I don’t even experience FOMO (Fear of missing out). That would explain why I don’t feel the need to go on Facebook or Instagram multiple times a day.  Once a week seems to cut it.

Unhappiness is proportional to Expectations 

When I started exploring spirituality  a few years ago, this was one of the first lessons that came to light for me.  Maybe another way of phrasing it would be “You can’t be happy if you are a control freak!!”.  Anytime I felt disappointment, I would stop to reflect on the root cause and inevitably it would point to my expectations in a situation.  

This lesson also reformed my parenting style.  I went from a  “My way or the highway” dictator to being more of a trusted guide, advisor and friend.  Don’t get me wrong…Rules are still enforced when needed (we are dealing with teenagers here 😀).

The Misery Quotient equals pain raised to the power of X

Where X = number of times that a painful incident is remembered, retold or relived.

In other words, the quotient increases exponentially!  Hence we need to let go of things in the past in order to step towards being happy and in the moment. 

😀

A.K.

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Resolutions

Happy 2017!  Hope you all had a great holiday season. 

The most common theme after the turn of year was “Resolutions”.  

People shared what their resolutions were:

  • Eat healthier 
  • Exercise more regularly 
  • Be more patient
  • Generally improve themselves

In most cases, those resolutions are kept intact for about a month…at most!  Then life slips back to the usual routine…there no time for the gym, grab a quick bite here and there, just going into auto pilot mode.

So why isn’t there more success with those resolutions?  

Here’s my theory:

  • It is made to be such an event that there is some self-inflicted pressure making it more of a burden
  • There are no short term goals and therefore no immediate rewards for being able to stick to the resolution 
  • It is assumed to be a one-time deal
  • The motivation wears off due to the above two factors

So how can we be more successful?

  • Do not wait till New Years to decide to make a change!
  • Resolve to make a change as soon as you see a need for it
  • Treat every day or week or month as a chance to ‘resolve’ aspects of your life
  • Give yourself credit for mini successes.  This will motivate you to continue on this path.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself when unsuccessful…just try again.  This is your life…you can repeatedly try until you get it right!

A quick way to summarize my thoughts can be through this quote:

“Every day is a chance to be your best!”

😀

A.K.

Don’t be a victim of Inertia 

Do you or know someone who doesn’t get out much?  Do they prefer watching television to riding a bike? Then this post is for you!

What is ‘Inertia’?
Here is the definition of inertia (from dictionary.com):

“Resistance or disinclination of a body to motion, action or change”

Or

“A tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest”

If I were to simplify these definitions, these are some of the words that I would use:

  • Lazy
  • Lethargy 
  • Inactive
  • Disengaged/Clueless (in relation to the surroundings)

Let me put this in context.  Do you remember the science experiment in high school that demonstrated the concept of inertia?

If not, I can reiterate.

  • Place a cloth over a table
  • Set a few items on the cloth such as cups and dishes (preferably not glass)
  • Pull the cloth towards you, using both arms evenly, in a very swift and horizontal  motion

*If executed correctly, the cups and dishes should stay in their original positions even after the cloth has been pulled away.

Why? Because the objects are resistant to change in motion.

Let’s put this into a real life scenario:

It’s Saturday morning.  There are so many fun things to do with the family.  There are so many errands to run. The challenge is getting everyone else on board with your swift pace (much like the cloth in the illustration above).

Inertia rears its ugly head!!

Figuratively speaking, there are times when you just want to pull the cloth without attention to the direction and effort used.  Unfortunately, that would simply result in a disruptive situation.  Trying to drag everyone along also creates a negative atmosphere because of their apparent resistance to change.  

There are ways to move things along though.  It would involve some negotiation, patience, leadership and more patience.  Let’s be honest here…our patience reservoirs sometimes get dried up…but it will eventually (when the drought passes 😀) get replenished so don’t give up hope.

But why has inertia become more widespread today?  There are a few reasons:

  • Kids don’t play outside with the neighbors as much. Everyone is busy with their own lives and we don’t feel as safe letting our kids hang out in the neighborhood without close supervision 
  • Portable devices have eliminated the need for basic social interaction. If you are ever in an airport, bus or restaurant, just take a look at how many kids and adults are on their phones or devices. This has become a standard part of life!
  • Too many options on television.  How many t.v. stations do we need anyway?
  • The internet provides a plethora of viewing and reading options.  Reading is a good thing but pointless reading is an utter waste of time!
  • Web-enabled video games…supposedly this is a substitute for social interaction! 

If everything you need is at your fingertips and can be achieved by sitting in the same position for hours and hours then where is the motivation to get out and play, run around, interact wih people (face to face), and be active? Obesity is a result of eating unhealthy high calorie and high fat foods compounded by the lack of activity in kids today.

The only saving grace for kids is that parents can sign them up for sports like swimming, soccer, tennis, taekwondo or any other sport of choice.  

Adults on the other hand have to realize the negative consequences of inertia (physical, emotional and social) and make changes on their own. We can only encourage them or try to engage them but they have to perceive activity as important in order to change their inactive ways.

Let’s not watch our families fall victim to this horrible tendency. For starters, do things as a family like hike, bike or play sports in the park or backyard.  It will do them good and it will do you good!

-A.K.

    Blogging is like…

    Blogging is like dancing.

    Your thoughts initially move around without a set choreography.

    When you get the feel of the song and music, then you can organize those steps so that they flow smoothly.

    This gives both the dancer (blogger) and the audience a better sense of the storyline.

    Blogging is like photography.

    Your thoughts are like elements in a landscape.

    Sometimes, it’s a matter of “point and shoot” because everything is in place and doesn’t need extra thinking or set up.

    Sometimes, the elements are there but the lighting may not be perfect.  This means that you would need to get everything in order well before the lighting is ideal.

    Some planning and patience in these situations definitely paints a better picture.

    Blogging is like music.

    It transports you to another world.  

    It opens up your world to see so many different notes, instruments and singers (blogs and bloggers).

    It shows you that we can be different, and yet so similar.

    Blogging is like a hot tub.

    It relaxes the body, mind and soul!

    Blogging is like a fairytale.

    “The End”.

    😀

    A.K.