I love to write. I love blogging. Yet there are challenges. Distributing my focus lowers my effectiveness. That troubles me. And yet, though each site has meaning to me. But each site has costs, economic and otherwise. Every time I focus on one, I can’t focus on another.
I haven’t had an objective, much less a strategy on any of my sites. I love to write poetry, about Seattle, about sustainability, geek culture, about so very much. Each site has value to me. I hate the idea of neglecting one at the expense of another. Yet I also hate writing substandard stuff. I prefer to be proud of what I put on the internet.
This time in history has so many choices; a blizzard of potentials and possibilities. And I hate letting go of those potentials. Any of them. Yet I know that must be done to achieve ANY of them. How does one choose which baby to let die?
Perhaps overly dramatic, but it captured the sentiment I’ve been struggling with.
Being the Seattleite, I have a natural dislike for heat. Pushing 90 is well past the zone of comfort. And, even with the abrupt temperature drop of evening, I find it hard to sleep, even in the low 80s. So I'm looking forward to today, with a not quite 10 degree drop, and Thursday/Friday where we drop back into the 70s.
"All Our Dreams Can Come True, If We Have The Courage To Pursue Them." ~Walt Disney
Finding and keeping this kind of courage is challenging at best. So much in life seeks to suck that out, to bring us down and drain our dreams into dust. Pursuing our dreams is often more work than surviving, but it's far more rewarding, giving life and energy.
May you find and nurture that inspires and invigorates you.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. From Dune, The Litany Against Fear.
What is my direction?
I'm pulled so many ways?
Is that bad?
Or does that tension
Make me bigger?
I don't which is better
For my soul
I am challenged by "focus". When focused, other things must be ignored. Such a painful thing, to give up on interests. Yet I see that by diluting my focus, passions get sacrificed. I've searched for passion, just not very well. I'm pulled this way and that. Unsure which way is true. I've spent so much time eliminating risk that I've never truly considered passion, and how that can fit into career. I still have plenty of work to do.
A friend of mine let me know she's still pretty active on Flickr, so I zipped over there to see what's been happening. Now, I've posted to my page fairly recently, but I haven't been so good about reading other folks' stuff. As I started surfing through my followers, I was amazed at how many of them had gone missing. Some not having posted in years.
As I was going through, I started unfollowing those who hadn't posted for more than 3 years. Yes, three years! Seems like a good time to clean house, I guess.
It does make me question the viability of Flickr. Yahoo!'s issues over the past few years have, long ago, made me wonder if they would keep the platform going. And Yahoo!'s fate's not getting any clearer. But, it's still here, and there are still photographers posting merrily along. So, as long as it's not gone total ghost-town, I plan to keep on posting there.
I do post nearly daily to Instagram, mostly with haiku. Then I post some to Face…
Questionsall was my first Twitter handle, and is the title of my poetry blog, and my very first site here on Blogger. I deeply value questioning, on probing. In not accepting things at face value.
I believe the path to a great life comes through questions. What do I want to do with my life?What feeds my soul?What makes my heart soar?What steals my energy? My passion? My joy?
Hence, wise leaders accept the value of questioning. Everyone on the team needs to value the mission, share the dream and the goals. Then, and only then, will you have a team of innovators.
Obedient serfs don't innovate!
A good chunk of this evening was spent dealing with a strange issue. For Christmas, my dad gave my son an Alexa. Connecting it to Spotify has been problematic. We connected it to the Alexa app, but the unit kept directing us to connect a Premium Spotify account. Well, it is such. At first my research showed issues with family premium plans. But nothing in any official capacity. Neither the Spotify nor the Amazon sites. Thus, I decided to keep exploring. I noticed that my father's name was attached the Alexa unit. Resetting the unit solved the problem. So, it had nothing to do with the Spotify family premium account, as some sites suggested. If you're having the same issue, reconnecting your Alexa to your app might be your ticket.
Ah, the musical history therein. Memories of siting by the play button waiting for my favorite songs, of the awesome feeling once I got a double cassette recorder, so I could create mix tapes. And sharing my tapes with my friends, introducing them to the music I loved.
Oh, and crafting mix tapes for those I loved. A custom blend of music as a gift. For someone who loves music, I couldn't think of a better gift. There were groups of my friends that would swap these tapes, with meticulously detailed liner notes. The purpose was to connect friends with music, musicians they hadn't heard before, but would certainly love.
The best were getting tapes with great bands that got no air-time. Fulfilling the ultimate proto-hipster delight of knowing a band before they became famous.
As for this photo: she is Jen Cloher, an Australian musician. I'm now streaming her self-titled album via GoogleMusic, whic…
My team is reading Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Just read a line about young SEAL leaders in training who "often try to develop a course of action that accounts for every tingle possibility they can think of". I get stuck in that thinking, too.
Besides creating a exceptionally overly complex plan that's very hard for everyone to understand, I found that this comes from a place of fear with me. I develop these mammoth plans as I try to build a counter for everything my fears percolate out. Faith and trust in the mission, for me, has always built the simple plans.