Your Unique Piece Shapes Our Complete Puzzle – Dirty Good Co.

Your Unique Piece Shapes Our Complete Puzzle

“In a real sense all life is interrelated. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.”

— Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King speaks to the connectedness of us all and how we’re interwoven in this Universal existence. Our individual actions, thoughts, speech, affect the actions and thoughts of all. We can not view our actions in a vacuum of self as self is part of the whole. Yet I question if simultaneously perhaps we need to focus only on “I” in order for others to be “They”. If we can never be what we ought to be, if we can never truly reach our full potential, until we each individually become unique potential, then does one need to know what the other ought to be to be what he ought?

Simply, do I need to know what you should become to be what I should become? Or, rather, do I act without consideration for others and trust my distinct path is an intricate and important piece of the universal puzzle? If we independently work on ourselves (as it is the only being we can affect) then the complete picture becomes lucid.

My puzzle piece will fit into your piece which will fit against the next section if we each realize our own jagged shape. By not seeking personal self-actualization we unwittingly allow gaps to form in the jigsaw that is our existence. Perhaps within those cracks is where struggle lay. If we close the fracture by fastening tightly against one another we innately support each to wholly become — and suffering ends.

— Paul

This week’s essential fare // what I’m co.nsuming

Ultra runner Rory Bosio on depression

Rory Bosio mentions her struggle with depression as a youth in her interview with Billy Yang. She eludes to still struggling at times, but her deep connection with wilderness and running helps her deal with the mental lows. Rory also discusses deep depressive episodes in high school and how running helped her overcome mental challenges she experienced in this video by Jaybird (

“I discovered running was the best way for me to feel happy.”

— Rory Bosio

Managing Anxiety

Jordan B. Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, speaks with James Altucher (both of whom have struggled with depression). In this interview Jordan mentions some people are more wired to catastrophize, these individuals naturally experience more anxiety (1:07:00 into discussion). To deal with this excess anxiety Jordan suggests exercise, a protein and fat heavy breakfast first thing upon rising (so to not increase insulin levels and better manage blood sugar), and get up at the same time every morning to stabilize circadian rhythms.

Surfing Heals

Nio Poniatowski writes of her struggles with depression and how a connection with the ocean, and particularly surfing, has helped her cope.

Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash


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Paul Lieto
Mixed Terrain Enthusiast /. Dirty Good Co — founder and Editor of RaceCenter Magazine.