Notes from Brother Jay

How You Ask Matters

According to psychology professor Thomas Gilovich wisdom grows out of our “ability to see a problem from multiple ways and to pick the approach that most benefits you and others.”  Sometimes it’s how you ask your questions.   
     Gilovich uses information from an insurance survey from a decade ago to illustrate the point.   People in the study were asked, “Could you save 20% of your income?”  When faced with the issue most people on the study balked.  In looking at the question this way they were forced to give up something to hold on to more of their money.  Most decided it was too much trouble to discern what needed to go or decided they didn’t want to give anything up.
However, when asked “Could you live on 80% of your income?” almost all said yes.  By posing the question in this way they could see their ability to forgo some items or experiences and get along just fine with less.
    

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Another New Year

The calendar says we begin again and lots of us will try.  We’ll “reboot” our diets, our fitness, and many other habits we think we would like.  Self-improvement is the name of the game.  Most of us could use a little!
        I love the Alcoholics Anonymous program myself and go as often as I can.  Usually I make it once a week or so.  While I’m not an alcoholic, I found the 12 Steps beneficial in my spiritual life and spiritual growth is my chosen path for self-improvement.  I don’t have enough resolve for resolutions, self-discipline for restraint, or strength for “white knuckling!”  

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January 28-31, 2018

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February 17-19, 2018

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