Lectio Letter #60 - The “Shoulds” and “Coulds” of 2023
“PART OF THE DOWNSIDE of abundant choice is that each new option adds to the list of trade-offs, and trade-offs have psychological consequences. The necessity of making trade-offs alters how we feel about the decisions we face; more important, it affects the level of satisfaction we experience from the decisions we ultimately make.”
― Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Story is what brain does. It is a ‘story processor’, writes the psychologist Professor Jonathan Haidt, ‘not a logic processor’. Story emerges from human minds as naturally as breath emerges from between human lips.”
― Will Storr, The Science of Storytelling
“What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?”
― Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
Welcome to Issue #56 of the Lectio Letter, the first of 2023!
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Well, Welcome to 2023. The turning of the year gives us new opportunities to restart and re-frame how we move forward in life. This can be a great gift, but as I explore in the article below, an anxiety-producing burden. We become overwhelmed by choice and the associated feelings of not-being-enough. I hope the article helps you to start the year with a little less anxiety by focussing on relationships above tasks.
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