Know yourself better.
Improve your writing skills.
Illuminate some of your blindspots.
If you join, you will receive a writing prompt for each of the next 30 days. I’ve already started. You can see what I’d find most important to say if I had 15 minutes left to live at my personal blog,www.paradoxworld.blogspot.com.
I have a confession to make. It’s bizarre, and uncommon, especially in this society, but here it is:
Money doesn’t motivate me.
I just really can’t drive myself to do anything by thinking about the money it would make.
I do like money. It’s fun to think about what I would do if I suddenly had a lot of it. It pleases me to be able to pay my bills and bring home groceries and spend a little of the old do-re-mi on something fun for myself. It seems right to me that my time and effort be repaid in income - it’s respectful and makes me part of the great flow that keeps our economy moving.
Yet, when I do think about what I’d do if I had a million dollar windfall - after I cleaned up some messes and redid the kitchen and helped some people and took a really great trip - my imagination only covers a year or so. That’s about how long the management of that money would hold my attention.
So then what? Then I’d be back to looking for great projects to work on and great people to work with, pretty much the same as I do now. My life might be a little easier and a little more luxurious, and maybe the extra funds would let me do something that had more meaning for me. And maybe not.
It’s not the money of itself that would give me more of what I really want. So the prospect of money doesn’t add any spring to my step. What I want is meaning. When I write good words or coach clients through their stuck points, I have a lasting sense of accomplishment. The money, on the other hand, gives me no lasting pleasure. When it comes, it leaves me looking for the next thing.
What are you trying to create, or earn, or win? Imagine you have it. So then what?
If what comes after your goal won’t satisfy you, maybe it’s time for another goal.
May the world be better for your existence.
The Road Goes Ever Onward
My work is helping people change. So it’s natural enough that I change myself. In a new dramatic development, I have decided to go to graduate school. I can better help people thrive in the next economy if I know more about it. So I will be studying economics and using my thesis to test some ideas that can help. I am really looking forward to it. My plan is to continue to reserve three hours a week for coaching. This means current clients have priority, and I will fit in new clients as I can.
Neil Armstrong, as he placed the first footprint on the Moon.
This issue’s Small Step for Space: Stop to appreciate the space station.
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ - the official NASA site (a little confusing but very accurate)
http://www.heavens-above.com - 10-day predictions, multiple locations (tell your friends in another state when to look up)
http://www.n2yo.com/ - real-time display of ISS and Shuttle ground track
Or try these iPhone apps: ISSLite or Satellite Tracker
You can also follow @twisst on Twitter to receive alerts for good viewings.
Isn’t it neat to live in the future?
Wyrmhole by Jay Caselberg
This is a noir mystery featuring a psychic dream detective. He lives in The Locality, a city on an alien planet that eats its own tail. I liked the voice and world-building of this book. It’s full of glittering surfaces and corrupt undersides, with a determined, weary hero at the center. I enjoyed spending time with the characters and was eager to see what would happen next. I’m very likely to read the following books in the series, too.
This book surprised me by being very well-written and suspenseful. I expected it to be a radical book in its politics and vision of the future. It adds good plotting and good characterization to that. The story takes place in 2050. The Bay Area is home to a peaceful, ecological, socially flexible society - and it is under attack from the remainder of the United States, now governed by a regime that considers both the earth and the human body to be evil. This makes the book sound like it could easily be more of a rant than a story - Starhawk avoids that by carefully drawing the people involved, and showing their day to day lives in a time of conflict, rather than having them tell us their philosophy. I enjoyed it very much.