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"The ability to make practice sacred through repetition. It’s the gardener, philosopher, writer, financier, artist, entrepreneur." Breathtaking!! I enjoy the reassurance of the idea achieving great things is illegible for a long time before it becomes Great. Big things are not legible when you look at only the small, mundane details and they seem incoherent/delusional when you look only at the vision - it takes skill to hold them both internally

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Dec 18, 2023·edited Dec 18, 2023Liked by Nix 🕊

"Your allocation of effort determines your reality. Mastery requires effort sustained over time. The ability to make practice sacred through repetition."

This gave me goosebumps. I'm at the start and middle of a few major commitments and this quote perfectly speaks to what I believe and must remember during each step of the long road ahead. Thank you for so eloquently writing exactly what I needed to read.

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Fully agree - "Our roads, architecture, movies, books, music, everything beautiful in this world. All of it an amalgamation of desire and effort."

And yet there is sublime beauty around us and in nature - if we pay attention - a sunrise; a sunset; flowers; a child's innocent smile.

So there is 'manufactured' beauty (doesn't sound great) and there is 'natural' (?) beauty.

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i'm not sure where your travels will be taking you in Asia – but if you're in the hong kong area, let me know! would love to grab a coffee, or at least send you some recs :)

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Thank you! I’m not in HK but appreciate the thought :)

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Thank you for this beautiful essay. It reminds me of the film "Our Little Sister" by Kore-eda, which I think you'll enjoy. In the film, a particularly a resonant line that beautifully encapsulates the cyclic nature of seasons, the depth of emotions, and the intricacies of life as the sisters endeavor to forge a new family bond: “every living thing takes time and effort”. This phrase, like your essay, offers a poetic and grounding perspective to frame the often-referred 'grind' in an era characterized by uncertainty and shortcuts. It's a reminder of the value of patience and perseverance. :)

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