I’ve been taking cold showers for a while and even, on occasion, taken ice baths. I first learned about this when I was reading about Wim Hof and his work. I’ve heard that after doing this for a while, the cold doesn’t bother you anymore. I’ve been doing it for well over a year, but I still dislike it every time I step into the cold water. However, I keep doing it, because it builds the mental strength I need.
At work, am known as someone who gets things done. Even when problems seem insurmountable, I eagerly tackle them and come up with novel out-of-the-box solutions. However, recently, I was in charge of delivering a portion of the product, and it did not go well. I had to get things done by mid-April. However, it wasn’t until early May that the work was complete. Unfortunately, for a significant portion of this time, I was blocked by an external contractor.
I read this quote this morning, and is has stuck with me throughout the day: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw This past weekend, my wife and I were dreaming and planning on what new projects we are going to tackle. We kept asking ourselves, “are we crazy?
The other day I was in my truck , driving to the farm store to get supplies for the chicks , listening to some dubstep music . I was suddenly struck by the dichotomy of my life. I currently the technical lead at Oracle, yet I live on a farm where I split my own wood and raise my own chickens. I am a dedicated, soft-spoken Christian , but I think going to MMA class where I come home with bruises and a bloody nose is fun.
On most mornings, I lead a meeting which I call “The Daily Sync”, a time for the various different groups (both US and India) to come together, resolve problems, and exchange information. I like to start this time out with a quote. I feel that it sets the mood and often frames the problems of the day in a helpful way. This morning’s quote was from Voltaire, and it especially stood out to me: