Between Those Two Days

Lucas A. Davidson
3 min readNov 22, 2023

Daily Meditation 634 – 11/22/2023

Everything tends to gravitate around a mean, an average.

Human weight — although ballooning very lately in the grand scheme of history — tends to have a healthy average.

Our heights, too.
Intelligence, sadly, has a mean that (at times) seems awfully low. To quote the hysterical George Carlin, he once said something along the lines of “Isn’t it sad to know how stupid the average person is…then realize half of people are stupider than that!”

And statistically, he is right.

However, our lives, too, have many means. Maybe we feel especially motivated and inspired one day, cleaning the whole house, writing a full chapter of our forthcoming novel, calling our parents, getting our bills paid…but then most days we are droll. We perhaps tidy up the counters or do laundry. We dabble with writing just a little. We schedule our bill-day. Or other days, (on the bottom of the Bell Curve) we might sleep in or eat junk food all day or literally play video games for 10 hours.

But it will fall around a mean where, on average, we’re pretty clean, pretty productive, and pretty motivated.

The most “important” mean for so many of us, though, is probably how we are feeling about things. I believe that many people, now, struggle with their sense of self-worth, their abilities, and their place in the world.

It probably seems that their mean is, well…Quite lower than it really is.

When you feel “low” in the world, it seems to have a much stronger effect over you than the “high” days where the sun shines and every penny is heads up for you.

But here’s the facts:

When things are going poor, you’re not as bad as you think. When things are going great, you’re not as good as you think.

On those days where you wake up to a glowing text from that chick you’re crushing on, you break your benchpress PR, your favorite band is playing that night, and you just got the promotion, you feel like you are the king of the world. When, instead, you must remember…

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Lucas A. Davidson

Daily philosophical meditations on Eudaimonia. These are distillations from the forthcoming book on the topic. Comments or jobs: lucas@multistatewide.com