Do it anyway and turn up the volume

You have to be ok with people hating you or critiquing you whenever you do something interesting, or try something new.

Nobody mentioned that to me when I was growing up. Figure out what you feel is right and go for it, regardless of what others think.

The world is full of people who will criticize you, no matter what you do. Do it anyway.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Born on May 7, 1861, Rabindranath Tagore’s poem is inspiring in 2020 and beyond. He could be writing about overcoming this dreadful pandemic.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore

Busy work versus deep work

One of the blessings from the 2020 lockdowns it that they let me see how much of my day was full of wasted time and fluff.

I confused busy work with high output deep work. They are different.

That which is said of men

“Although this detail has no connection whatever with the real substance of what we are about to relate, it will not be superfluous, if merely for the sake of exactness in all points, to mention here the various rumors and remarks which had been in circulation about him from the very moment when he arrived in the diocese. True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do.”

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Chapter One.

Write every day

Sometimes I will write a post on here that gets a good bit of traction via Facebook shares, Twitter, or old fashioned email forwarding, and other times a post won’t resonate as all.

I’ve also stopped predicting what will resonate and what won’t. There will be days when I’m excited to press the publish button and share a message, but it lands with a plop and quietly disappears.

I have also noticed that people dig through my archives, and sometimes a post has a second life.

The real visitor juice kicks in when the search engines index a post. It’s like an evergreen flow of free traffic to my site via Google and Baidu.

On some days when I’m swamped, I might release a photo or a small quote I’ve found; on other days, I can dig deep and write about something that’s been percolating.

I write about things I know about.

The best posts are authentic, from the heart and about something I’ve experienced first hand,

Writing every day builds the muscle. Start now.

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Time is moving slowly

Time is moving slowly to spring in the southern hemisphere.

If you listen closely you will hear the bird calls increasing in the morning and the evening.

The days are getting longer, the ocean temperature is going up.

Mother nature is testing her wing flaps and preparing for take off.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew fall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the One Light Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Cat Stevens
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Ocean brain waves

Go for a swim in the ocean and take a hike along a coastal trail like Lands End in San Francisco or somewhere in the Marin Headlands.

Staring at the sea, alters your brain waves and transforms you into a mediative state and boosts inspiration and creativity.

Along with exercise, it’s the best medicine out there.

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