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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about life’s futility and how feelings of significance can be found through gratitude and joyfulness.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • What is actually sustainable in our lives?
    • Why life is like building sandcastles.
    • Joel shares the grinding, futile experience in his prior day job.
    • Can we be too attached to outcomes?
  • How can enjoyment and discipline co-exist?
  • What the Sisyphus Conundrum has to do with you.
    • Are social changes futile?
    • The fear of changing big systems and institutions.
    • How does individuality play into social change?
    • Why your individual changes make the difference in society.
  • What is your life narrative?
    • Why having a legacy isn’t the only kind of significance you can have.
    • Should impermanence be a part of your narrative?
    • When you don’t have a faith system in your life.
    • Bertrand Russell’s take on how time affects your life narrative.
    • The most important questions to ask yourself.
  • What does gratitude have to do with change and meaning?
    • What actually creates abundance in our lives?
    • The key to opening the door of enjoyment in life.
    • When we really understand what gratitude is.
    • Is gratitude an ambition killer?
  • What we lose when we grow, according to Dr. Dario Nardi’s Magic Diamond.
    • The upside of being one-sided.
  • When we get addicted to certain feelings.
  • What if we are living out of impossible or futile goals?
    • Getting to know our paradoxes.
    • Why finding your balance is everything.
  • The true, ultimate skill and goal that fights futility.
    • When you choose your perspective and narrative.
  • Does Extraverted Feeling (Harmony) reduce futility?
    • Why kindness is beyond valuable…and what it really is.
  • Antonia sends her love to ISTJs.

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  • April
    • April
    • November 13, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    I met a traveller from an antique land,
    Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal, these words appear:
    My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
    Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • April 19, 2021 at 2:28 am

    It’s all love on this side of the table.


  • Michael Adcock
    • Michael Adcock
    • April 18, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    As an “ISTJ army” member, I don’t hate you. I love you. And the Ne conversations tickle my inferior function, so don’t worry about it. If we don’t want to listen, we don’t have to. But we do. :)

  • Suzanne
    • Suzanne
    • April 13, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Enjoyed this podcast immensely. Explored the feelings of futility in life from many angles. Helpful to me as I experience a huge transition. Thank you.

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