Self: Experimentation

I’ve designed this blog for the purpose of exploring feasible yet alternate living styles. I will examine topics related to travel, self-improvement, inspiration, fringe-living, and acquisition of peace. I’m no expert regarding any of the above, but the journey is one worth talking, reading, and writing about.

I have a few ideas for this blog, including but not limited to:

  • Sleeping only 2 hours per day (Day 1 of polyphasic sleep)
  • Recording a month’s worth of complete non-verbal communication
  • Investigation of key personality characteristics and improving weaknesses while kayaking 1400 miles down the Mississippi River
  • Hitchhiking across the country
  • Losing 30 lbs in rapid fashion
  • Hobby hacking – how to achieve 80%+ efficiency of any hobby in 20% of the traditional time/effort
  • Minimalistic living – eliminating consumption of alcohol and caffeine and only consuming old fashioned water
  • Favorite books, songs, movies, art pieces
  • The science and art of Giving
  • Positive reinforcement in action
  • Experimental strategies for self-improving

I’ll leave you with this lifestyle option – also recognizable as my favorite poem at the moment:

How To Be a Poet

Wendell Berry

(to remind myself)

i

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
ii
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
iii
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.
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5 thoughts on “Self: Experimentation

  1. Hi Josh!! My son Devin, Jeremiah and myself met you in Natchez, MS. We were interested in possibly your kayak, but also wanting to offer you a place to eat and stay with us here in Vicksburg, and also a ride as far as you need. I am trying to plan a trip to Wisconsin in the next 2 weeks, so when you are able, get a hold of us!! We will actually be north of Gulfport, MS this and next weekend, and you are also more than welcome to visit us there, or hitch a ride when we head back up to Vicksburg. Safe travels my friend. -Darcie

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    1. Darcie! A pleasure to have met you and your beautiful family! Thank you so much for great conversation and incredible help outside of Under the Hill! My kayak is for sale in NOLA on Craigslist; let me know if you’re interested in it! Thank you for reading AND following up!

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  2. Hello Josh, You are my inspiration! I am trying to live with less and live better with less! Your first post is on my birthday!!! 🙂 I met you on Sunday September 6th next to I65 Montgomery Alabama. Normally I would not be passing by at that time of day, even though I work downtown Monday – Friday, but something told me to drop by and feed the stray cat and head “north” sorry it was not far enough to have given you a ride except to the next exit!! I hope all of your encounters will be interesting and safe!! your Alabama friend, Kay

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