Today was a day that started off with a donut and a few shots of espresso. Sure the door is open to a world of adventure, but none of that adventure is happening today. This is just one of those days that is going to start and end while adventure waits. Maybe the perfect possible future that is just within reach would be better sourced with a little bit more adventure, but again today is not the day for that. Outside the weather in Denver is getting warmer.
Spring at some point will be here and the snow will stop and things will start growing. None of that really stops the possibility of adventure. Some people might even think the winter weather around Denver opens the door to a special type of adventure. My day however is going to be limited to staying focused, to staying centered, to beginning to focus on the path forward.
Veering off into a state of constant adventure could be a path forward to explore or it might be a tangent from the perfect possible future that maximizes contributions to society and my own personal enrichment. In terms of personal enrichment, that phrase should be operationally defined to really express an increase in personal growth. It is a phrase that really needs to be viewed in terms of getting better and pushing things forward.
My computer setup includes a digital to analog converter that runs out to my Audioengine speakers. That includes a right and a left A5+ speaker. The same setup has an analog type switch that goes out to my record player. That means that any time I decide to spin up a record and listen in analog mode the sound on my computer is turned off. Maybe that is something that pauses the alerts and any other sounds that might be happening, but it also lets me focus in and really listen to the music and work on whatever needs my attention without interruption. Right now I’m listening to a Jimi Hendrix album called “Both sides of the sky” that was released last year.
The promise that was possible is outweighed by inaction in the moment.
My level and quantity of writing in the last 30 days has dropped off. Seriously, I have mostly produced a sentence here and there and walked away. That is something that has not really happened to me in a long time. I’m not sure exactly what changed, but something has shaken my writing to the core and it is slowly down my ability to think out loud. Sure that might sound like something that is not very problematic, but sitting down to be reflective about the world around me is very important. It helps me understand and think about about what is going on in new and different ways. One of the things that is going to happen here pretty soon is that I’m going to take both of my smartphones and put them in a Pelican G40 Go Case for the vast majority of the day. I seriously spent years without texting or messing with my smartphone. Maybe that is something that i need to recapture.
Earlier today we went to a Levi outlet store. They did not have any of the 517 style jeans on the shelves. Oddly enough the only bootcut jeans they carried were some 527 slim bootcut style jeans. It has been some time since I have been able to walk into a store and buy my desired bootcut jeans. Apparently, I either need to adjust to buying slim bootcut style jeans or it is time to find some new jeans. Slowly over the last few years my jeans have been wearing out.
My goal for the week is get back to writing weblog posts with the same spirit they started with a decade ago. It used to be so much easier to just write and post. That is something that I have been thinking about recently. Maybe it was the amount of time I spent sitting in front of a computer either reading or writing papers. Sitting in my office chair and completing my college education outside a classroom was a major staple of my academic efforts. That is really the reason I made it through about 13 years of college. Reading and writing papers was a major part of my life. Back then none of my efforts were streaming video related. That did not really happen. Sometimes, I watched television, but that had nothing to do with the two monitors hooked up to my computer. The television was a very heavy stand alone box with a glass screen. Streaming is now everywhere and I think it has impacted the way I end up writing. Maybe the best form factor for me to write is a smaller screen laptop. Right now that is my ASUS Chromebook flip. This screen form factor pretty much means the only thing I do with it is work on a single application or browser at a time. That helps my writing efforts. It focuses me down to just a single purpose that might be mixed with things going on around me, but it really is the most focused that I am going to get.
Somewhere in that last nugget of truth is the real reason I like writing hand written notes to people. Maybe it is a different method of writing, but the same general lockdown into the process of writing is the same. Right now I’m sitting in a window seat on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Sure the seats might not be the most comfortable, but without any internet to distract me all I can do is sit here and listen to music in the library on my Pixel 3 XL and engage in the process of writing. Sure I might have taken a small nap at the start of the flight, but that happens. Something about climbing up to the cruising altitude just puts me right to sleep or it least it has the last couple of flights. I’m going to have to remember to proofread this post before hitting submit this time around. Not having an internet connection is a great way to just write without the terrible red squiggles reminding me of a typo. Maybe that is something I need to start doing from this point forward. Maybe just maybe worrying about the proofreading at the end is the right way to go about things. That will certainly stop me from writing and and directly posting. A new step full of proofreading fun will be inserted into the mix and that might just clean some things up, but it might very well slow things down.
A lot of the content I end up producing never really gets posted anywhere. Some of it is just part of my efforts to bring my thoughts together into something that is easier to understand. Surely it is easier to explain to somebody that mastery allows simplicity. At this point taking the time to master my thoughts is probably the right thing to do. It helps bring things together. Unifying the path forward is a great way to begin walking in the right direction.