Stuck in the Clouds: On Lifting Weight and Paying Attention

Hello lovely readers and welcome back to my high-flying newsletter! The only weekly newsletter that constantly loses its train of thought..

Following a 3-2-1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that you should ignore), 2 quotes from others (that you should read), and 1 joke that’s so bad, it’s good!

Let’s begin!

3 Thoughts:

1) “To gain physical strength we must carry more weight. It’s resistance that builds strength. To gain mental strength we must carry less weight. It’s resistance that weakens us.” – click to tweet

2) “Don’t make your life about the final destination. Don’t hang your pilot’s hat on having to get there. The point of having a destination is to give you direction. But also release you from the future so you can concentrate on the present – so you can enjoy the journey itself! If you pay close attention to the steps you’re taking today, the destination will take care of itself.” – click to tweet

3)  “Knowledge is no longer power. All of us have access to an unlimited amount of it. The most successful will be those who are able to maintain their focus in spite of the limitless information available. Attention is the new super power.” – click to tweet


“The surest way to lose sight of who you are is to constantly compare yourself to others.”

– Tom Krause

We have solved the problem of not having enough information by creating the problem of having too much information.

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

1 Joke: 

A conductor got distracted at work.

He lost his train of thought.

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10 thoughts on “Stuck in the Clouds: On Lifting Weight and Paying Attention

  • About knowledge- isn’t knowledge knowing how to interpret and use the information available. People are losing those skills … so people with the critical thinking skills and knowledge still have the power?


  • To me, knowledge is potential power. Our real power lies in taking action on what we know to enhance our experience of life.

    I’d like to offer, it’s not in reducing the mental load that builds our mental strength, but in expanding our mental capacity to process our emotions and enhance our human experience.

    I thoroughly enjoy your thought-provoking newsletter that introduces me to a wide variety of perspectives. Keep it coming, AP2 🙂

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    • Hi Megha. Thank you so much. I’m pleased you enjoy my random musings. If it gets people thinking, that’s the point. I love your thought about expanding our mental capacity to process our emotions. That’s a great way to reframe it. I guess what I meant by weight was an unwillingness to process our emotions. Repressing or resisting them which actually makes them heavier. Keeps us bogged down. By processing them/letting them go we feel mentally lighter/freer – this enhances our experience as you put it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate it. 😊🙏

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  • Your comments and quotes about the overload of information is so true. Attention truly is the new super power and is such at a commodity these days.

    The contrast in physical and mental strength training is so true. And mental health and well-being undoubtedly is affected by the overload of noise and information (and misinformation) these days!

    No wonder that poor train conductor is always losing their thought!

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    • Good point about our mental health being adversely affected by information overload. I was thinking about how we need to take a mental break by letting our minds wander whenever we’re doing a lot of hard mentally taxing work. Instead of grabbing a cup of tea and sitting quietly or taking a walk outside our go to nowadays is our phone. We start doom scrolling as a way to unwind. Flooding our subconscious with even more information. This has the opposite effect. We end up more drained than when we first took the break. I started mixing this up by playing a bit of Tetris (5mins or so) on my phone instead of doom scrolling whenever I feel I need a break. Found it to be far more restorative. Whatever stops you going down the mobile rabbit hole. Thanks Ab. Glad you enjoyed my musings and terrible joke 😂 🙏

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      • I hear you on the doom scrolling, AP. I deleted my Twitter finally end of December and it really freed up so much mental stress. I love Tetris, such a fun game. I’ve been doing a lot of that now too – like Wordle and all the other New York Times games. A true mental break. Great strategy! 😊

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