Self deprecation as a bad habit

The outline of a person blurred by red lights.

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I have always been prone to making self-deprecating jokes and comments. In the last couple of years, however, I’ve been working to wean myself off of this bad habit. It’s hard and slow-going, but I feel like I am making some progress.

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Try not to overthink it

I don’t believe in talent. But maybe that’s because I am mildly talented in a couple of ways, so it’s easy for me to say. School came easily to me, I didn’t have to bother with homework and could pull off solving things on the blackboard if I got called on. At least until high school — then I got a rude awakening in the form of my first failed test. Turns out high school math wasn’t nearly as easy anymore.

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Stop bothering the noise

I forget which teacher I heard this from — could have been one of Pema Chodron’s talks, or perhaps Shaila Catherine. It’s a comment about how sometimes, when we’re meditating, we get easily distracted by anything that is going on around us.

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Throw more pots

A bunch of ceramic pots. Image by johannatherealtor on Pixabay.

A bunch of pots

I’m a striver. I strive to be a better knitter, a better cat herder, a better writer, a better engineer, and a better human (among other things). I’m into setting goals, making lists, and practicing rituals for reflection, revision, and planning. (Hey, I never said I was fun.)

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Ana Ulin

Working to be a better human every day. Steward of engineering teams. I see you.