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Over the past week, I've been contemplating the tough gig that being a human entails, particularly in this age.
As we move, bend and fold through our various relationships.
We all come to a point where there is an ending, a final act.
These circumstances have the potential to trigger us to spiral.
Particularly, if our safety nets have fallen into a state of disrepair.
A safety net is fancy way of saying a support-system. Most of us have a range in the form of family, friends, health, community or a higher spiritual belief.
Generally, a net is formed from anything that gives us a sense of purpose.
When things are going well. It’s quite easy to become ensconced with one or a few key relationship.
The temptation here is to put all of our eggs into one basket and let everything else slip away.
The can become a problem, if we’re not careful.
If however, we have multiple well maintained nets, we can't fall too far because we've got something to cradle us.
For example if our primary net fails, then we can call on other nets in the forms of a job, our health or our unwavering sense of purpose.
On occasion, we can experience one or two or even five of our nets failing, but not all of them at the same time.
Each of us will experience this in a different fashion.
Yet, there is a simple universal truth, that we all need to maintain our nets.
Keeping them in good condition, because when we need them, they need to be strong enough to arrest the inevitable descent. - Sammy
This is a 3-minute clip of The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody) by choreographer Jerome Robbins, in which the dancers are intentionally, and comically, out of sync. You can see why it’s colloquially called the Mistake Waltz.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville (who did the Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) has directed a documentary about Anthony Bourdain called Roadrunner.
This trailer makes me want to buy a movie ticket — and about 10 plane tickets.
There has been plenty of talk about Bo Burnham's new special 'INSIDE' - whilst it offers some interesting commentary on the state of world. The real reason to watch it are these two bangers inspired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The sooner you realise you already made it the better.
The thing is: Nothing is ever enough! Whatever level you rise to in your career or craft will put you just high enough to realise there is actually another level above you. It never ends; there is no top.
What works, I think, is to just make your best work each day. Not make the most work, or strategic work, or difficult work. Just make your best work, for a little bit, each day, while the working is easy.
All that little bit of effort adds up to so much after time! It’s insane. I think there is an analogy about compound interest here, but I don’t have it. But you get the gist.
The important part is to try your best routinely. Don’t get hung up on what the end of your story is.
You don’t need to know how your story ends before you start.
"We can understand things better. We can never understand things fully"
— David Deutsch
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