|living in a windmill would definitely preserve my sanity.|
~ i have to be able to understand it - the process, the steps it takes, how it works. it's perfectly ok if it takes some work to figure that out (see next component), but there has to be an underlying discoverable logic.
~ it has to challenge me. if it's immediately easy and i get the hang of it quickly, i get bored.
~ it has to seem fair. i have to have an equal shot at it.
~ it has to be what it appears to be. if i feel it's somehow a lie or not what it seems, the sanity (and the patience) go immediately.
~ the activity has to give me a sense of satisfaction - either that i accomplished something that i can see, got something out of my system or built the foundation towards something else.
~ if it involves other people, i have to think that they are intelligent at a level commensurate with the activity (sadly, this is where the sanity bit often falls apart).
~ it has to make sense (this is different than whether i am able to understand it) - again, there has to be an underlying logic at work, one which is ultimately transparent.
it seems a little bit weird to be pondering the preservation of sanity while the world melts down around us, but on the other hand, perhaps that's the perfect time to do so.
how do you preserve your sanity?