A tired dog is a happy dog
In yesterday’s post I wrote about how Jerry Seinfeld believes that comfort is the enemy of great comedy. The fact that he’s thin skinned and irritable is what makes his work great. He continued in his interview with Tim Ferriss that the two most important things in his daily life - aside from writing - are trancendental meditation and weight training.
They both joked about the importantce of distress in our daily lives. At one point Jerry said “A tired dog is a happy dog.” Weight training for Jerry creates distress, irritation and physically challenges him. Lifting weights makes him a tired dog. Trancendental meditation provides a counterpoint to the distress. It is a place where he gets still in both body and mind.
Thanks for reading The Remarkable Fools Letter! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.
Growth needs both distress and soothing. One to challenge and annhilate us and our egos, the other to simply allow ourselves to ‘be’.
We humans need distress. We need challenges. We simply cannot be soothed constantly. The road of life needs bumps, potholes and unspeakably large gaps. Our nervous systems and hearts need to be challenged. When we rise to a challenge with support, our capacity to deal with life increases. When we have time to sooth ourselves afterwards, we can process and integrate these changes.
This is true with our capacity to deal with intellectual activities, anger, arousal, embarassment, excitement, sadness - you name it. By distressing ourselves to just before we feel injured, then soothing and resting after, we get stronger.
So what’s you emotional / impulsive equivelant to weight training? If you’re like me and do not meditate, how do you self sooth and integrate?
Do you believe the old saying that a tired dog is a happy dog?
What kind of tired leaves you feeling blissful?
Thanks for reading The Remarkable Fools Letter! Subscribe for free to receive new posts. Send this to a friend to support my work.