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A commenter to my AstroBites post left a link for another bite-sized blog offering a zen perspective. It's of course called ZenBites, and after reading one of the posts I'm hooked. On our inabilities to make time for creative, new projects:
Time has a habit of trampling over us, so softly we don’t even notice but so powerfully we become crushed over the course of weeks and years.So you gotta seize moments whether they are available or not. Can you carve I 30 minutes to put together a new blog post? No? Do it anyway. That's how the author of ZenBites has kept their blog going, and that's how Mahalo.ne.Trash stands today
Time doesn’t fall into your lap. It isn’t handed to you by a kindly old gentleman. You must create it, taking from the world the raw materials you need and shaping it with your bare dirty blistered hands, pushing the clay into form from its shapeless muddy glob.It's funny, I used to make fun of this sort of direct, seemingly pat advice. But I'm finding clear analogies, step-wise approaches, and simple advice extremely useful lately. For me, it's a long road to tenure. If I'm going to simultaneously be ultra-productive and enjoy the journey, I'm gonna need a lot of this type of zen-like advice.