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Reducing the Friction of Life | Healthy Mindset

August 20, 2020

Listen to episode 502 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Reducing the Friction of Life | Healthy Mindset. Edited and adapted from The Power of Mental Demand by Herbert Edward Law.

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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: What is it that wears out and breaks down machinery? Friction. What is it that wears out and breaks down lives? Friction.

Friction retards action, reduces productivity, and wastes power. It wears, destroys, kills. Friction is the most constant problem in mechanics. It is the most destructive element in life.

When spoken of literally, friction applies only to physical objects. Figuratively and metaphorically, it applies to life and to individual and social relationships. As applied to life, it is so apt a figure of speech that we do not realize that it IS one until our attention is called to it.

We speak of friction in an organization, or between individuals, or in our own life, and realize that it is so wearing, wasteful, and needless that it seems the very same thing as the friction of mechanics. And while we have learned many ways for reducing friction in mechanics, we practice very few for reducing it in human life.

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