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Embrace Constraints

Optionality is a privilege, entertaining endless options is obstructive.
Embrace Constraints

Optionality is a privilege, entertaining endless options is obstructive.

Often we aim to do more, when indeed what we need is to slow down and peel back to the essential.

What few things are really important to you? And, how can you create constraints in order to not do the things that don't matter?

In Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing, Pete Davis writes:

Death controls the length of our days. But we control the depth of our days. Commitment is about choosing to pursue—in the face of our limited length—boundless depth.

There are many ways to introduce constraints. We got a dog and with that came numerous constraints. There are now many things we can't do or that are now difficult to do. And with these constraints came a deeper level of commitment and boundless depth to the things we think do matter: connection, movement, and presence.

Create constraints, them, embrace them.