Snippet posts are collections of mostly unrelated writings that are too short or too off-topic for publication on their own. Usually I try to group the together in like subjects, but they’re all stand-alone.
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Making art and being present
Art is something that you do when you want to be fully present. Thank about the last time you were making art that you love, and the hours just fell away: it was really hard to stop, right? What if you were in the middle of making your art, wholly absorbed in what you were doing, and someone interrupted you? Was it easy to break your concentration on the art? Sometimes when I’m really focused on making art, I get downright annoyed when someone interrupts me. I don’t like getting yanked out of this focus to look at something else for a moment. I’ve found a way to be fully present through artistic focus, and it’s hard to give that up. What if we did this in every area of our lives? What if we had this kind of peaceful focus in everything we did? What would out lives look like? How much could we change the world?
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Are you doing work, or good work?
There’s a difference between work and good work.
are you working to get things done, or are you working just to work? I personally can work all day and have very little to show for it. I work hard, slaving over each tweet that I send out; I check my e-mail two dozen times, I learn new information that I can’t use.
Or I can do good work for two hours, knock out the top tasks on my list, and be done.
It’s amazing how often I get more done this way: when I’m focused on producing because I’m limiting myself to two hours, I buckle down and tackle the important stuff.
Do you do good work, or do you just settle for lots and lots of work?
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Deal with it.
If you can’t stand the people you work with now, you probably won’t like them in you next job. If you’ve totaled four cars in the past year, the problem probably isn’t the terrible traffic on the road. If you’ve gotten twelve interviews but no job, it’s not the economy. If you’re discontented now, changing situations won’t change that.
If you start to see a negative pattern in your life, the common denominator is always you.