I picked up this list from a tweet by one of my favorite modern writers, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He wrote Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, among other books. This is one of those lists you can tape above your desk and contemplate often.


  • Worriless sleeping
  • Clear conscience
  • Reciprocal gratitude
  • Absence of envy
  • Foamy coffee
  • Crusty bread
  • Inexperienced enemies
  • Frequent laughs
  • No meals alone
  • No gym classes
  • Gravel bicycling
  • Good digestive functions
  • No Zoom meetings
  • Periodic surprises
  • Nothing to hide: financial and fiscal tranquility
  • Muscular strength & endurance
  • Ability to nap
  • Access to a hammock

Note: That was from a tweet, as on Twitter. By the time you read this, Twitter may be X. Elon Musk seems to think X is a manly character. He says he’s changing the name of the service this week. Some people have more money than sense.

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