James Turrell: The Light Inside exhibit. The “light show” according to Pav. Pretty freakin’ cool. #lights #nofilter (at Museum of Fine Arts Houston)
Two things, if I may. First, when you have a good structural idea, or a good turn of phrase comes to you, note it down immediately — even if you are falling asleep, or in the shower. You think you’ll remember it later, but you won’t, and when inspiration strikes you need to make the most of it, because it doesn’t happen often.
Second, and I know this is a cliche, but writing really is rewriting. The aim is to make it look smooth and effortless, even though it usually isn’t. So get something down, and then go back over it, again and again. I’ve spent more time editing than writing at The Economist, so I can be a pretty ruthless editor of my own copy.
Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
-Tom Standage, Digital Editor of The Economist
For the ordinary man, whose mind is a checkerboard of crisscrossing reflections, opinions and prejudices, bare attention is virtually impossible; his life is thus centered not in reality itself but in his ideas of it.Roshi Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars of Zen
April’s read finished. On to the next one.
It’s good to be humble, but incredibly boring if you go too far.Rob Heaton
And here is the secret to becoming smarter and getting better at everything you want to get better at.
"Thing is, I’m not that smart. And I never have been, really. I’m also not a very good writer. Or very funny…"
"I’ve known all of this for a long time. I’m a quick learner for many things and a dedicated worker, so I’m able to get by pretty well, but when it push comes to shove, I’m a bit slow to get noticeably better at things…"
"Seek out people who challenge you, question you and make question yourself."
Allow yourself to not be the smartest in the room, so you can learn something.
"Be ok with feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing. In fact, that’s a good sign you’re on the right track—that you’re learning."
Rinse and repeat.
About a month ago, we began fostering a one year old, golden retriever / lab mix named Penni. Picked up off the streets (thug life), scheduled to be put down by the pound and then rescued by Red Collar Rescue, we quickly fell in love with her mystery and her personality. A few weeks ago, we officially adopted her.
Since then…our schedules have been different and a little hectic in the transitioning period. Walks in the morning, walks at lunch, runs in the afternoons, taking shoes away from her so she doesn’t chew when she’s bored. She requires a lot of attention but naturally like Wade Foster mentioned in his article, she enforces a schedule, forces breaks and so much more.
I wake up earlier. This was a new year’s resolution that I was failing at before Penni. The transition has been a little rough, but the benefits have been great.
I walk / run around more. Obviously, important to health. I even take long walks most days at lunch with her now, which is great for a change of scenery from my cube and the computer I sit at most of the day.
I leave work on time. I’m out around 5:30 every day now. I’m forced to get things done more efficiently and also leave work…at work.
I play. I’ll quote Foster here,
"For [her], every day is awesome and [she’s] just excited to be around you."
Penni’s (and most dog’s) personality and attitude are contagious. When we’re with her, we play, we chase, we jump.
More of all of this, less of everything else, please.
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