On just being tired

Again from the archives. Lessons learned. Lessons still learning

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I am really tired. 

I recently falled one of those pen and paper stress tests.  If you got over 24 it was supposed to be impossible for you to maintain sanity or continue to function.  I quit at 42 about half way through the test.

I have been reading a book called “Willpower” by a psychologist named Roy Baumeister that has struck home with me like few things have recently. When he uses the term willpower he is talking about self regulation. He summarizes the findings of literally thousands of experiments in social psychology on the subject in two points.

1. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it.

2. You use the same stock of willpower for all manner of events.

How many times have you used the phrase “more than I can handle” not so much as a measure of any one…

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