Notes from the experiment – Aug 26 2008

For a description of the experiment click this link: A hunch and an experiment involving civility, health and professional success

1.  My first reaction to Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct is a mixture of excitement and impatience, excitement at the prospect that one really can improve one’s life through studying and applying Forni’s 25 rules of considerate conduct, and a feeling of impatience at some of the examples Forni gives of how and why to apply the rules and the consequences of failing to be considerate.  I am going to contact Professor Forni and suggest that he consider publishing a digital version of the book consisting of templates that readers could use to insert examples from their own circumstances – so that readers could build customized versions of his book.

2.  There is a direct connection between the amount of stress one feels and the need for and capacity for considerate conduct.  One way to reduce stress is to need as little as possible by, for example, keeping one’s overhead as low as possible, a fact that my partner and good friend Josh Winnick focused on when we first started to practice together in 1990. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

3.  Speaking of partners, in terms of stress, health and considerate conduct, nothing is more important than working with people one likes, respects and trusts.