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  • Writer's pictureJesse Mahan

Field Note Friday

Here are a collection of some of the various notes I've collected over the week ranging from quotes that I've come across to activities to try with your kids.

Quote that got me thinking:

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."-Friedrich Nietzsche

For a great read from a Holocaust survivor who exemplified this quote, I'd recommend Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, a memoir written by the psychiatrist containing his observations on his and other's experiences in Auschwitz. For a deep dive into history and those seeking to scratch that philosophical itch on the meaning of life, this best-selling book is sure to keep you captivated.

Song that I have been listening to:

Willmine by Federico Albanese

For all of my fellow "sad piano music" fans out there, this is one takes the cake. For an interesting read on the neural mechanisms that causes us to find pleasure in sad music, see this article from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:

Sweet graphic I found while doom-scrolling through Twitter:

With everything going on in the political stage right now, this could not be a more relevant image for people to reflect on. How we allow our biases to interfere with our perception can severely hinder our ability to challenge our own beliefs and constructs when presented with new information. Whether those biases are political, religious, or stubbornness--we could all use a refresher in the art of tolerance for alternate opinions and perspectives.

Credit to @jackbutcher from Visualize Value on twitter for the graphic

Concept to apply to your life ASAP:

What is the one decision that I can make that will make most other decisions easy or unnecessary?

This one is beautiful, credits to Tim Ferriss and his podcast for turning me on to this. We are in an era of overload, from information to options, there is so much to sift through and so many decisions to make. The concept here is to figure out the root decision that can stop you from making a hundred redundant decisions to follow. For example, my decision to not chat with any recruiters without them first disclosing their compensation package has saved me close to a hundred unnecessary conversations. I knew years ago that there was a certain threshold to be passed financially for me to consider a change in careers, so I made that rule and stuck to it despite getting recruiting messages 3-5 times per week.

Another could be that you will not use your phone on your days off. This eliminates the decisions of whether or not to get on social media, to text or call your friends, to play that mindless farming game, or to binge another show on Netflix--because you already decided that your days off will be phone free.

This framework frees your mind up to relax or to concentrate on other pursuits. The liberation from choices and decisions in certain circumstances is the best self care that you can partake in.

Fun activity for the kids:

Margarita loving mamas, get out your glasses and let your kids join in on the action. A fun drink for the children is a kid friendly "margarita". Shea and the kids had a blast celebrating Cinco de Mayo with this one.


1) Coat the rim of the glass. This could be done with sugar, but for a fun twist try dipping the glass in some melted chocolate or cake frosting and then rolling in sprinkles to "Salt" the glass

2) Add cotton candy and cubed/crushed ice into the cup

3) Pour sprite over and watch their eyes light up as the sugar fizzes up over the glass

4) Margarita time!

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