The comfort of day-tight compartments

Dale Carnegie on happiness - from the Creative + Mindful blog -  The Comfort of Day-Tight CompartmentsI know I have a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People somewhere (I have more books
than a public library. And that’s more than any one person should have… thank goodness for ebooks: they allow me to hide the evidence better. But I digress). And I know Dale Carnegie remains a gold standard in self-improvement. But I have to admit, I haven’t studied much of his writing up to this point.

However, courtesy of Jocelyn Glei, I recently read through his Golden Rules. I was most interested in the idea of living in “day-tight compartments.” After seeing the explanation, I thought:

“Holy crap! That’s a PERFECT take on mindfulness!”

In a nutshell, living in a day-tight compartment means to focus on the task at hand by not thinking about the past, nor looking into the future more than 24 hours.  

As someone who has spent a lot… and I mean A LOT… of time wringing my hands about the past and worrying about the future, I love, love, love the idea of focusing on the task at hand.

Paying homage to your current task – whether it’s something lofty or menial – is a supreme form of mindfulness.

Of course, “focus” and “mindfulness” are intangible concepts. So the visual of a “day-tight compartment” is really appetizing. I’m picturing a neat little package. Just enough for today.

Like Goldilocks was looking for. Not too big. Not too small. Just right!

I’d love to know what other people think about the idea of day-tight compartments. Is it comforting? Is it a relief? Or does it feel restrictive? Hit me up in the comments!

Ciao baby!



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