Reality…

We all have them…

Those ideas and projects that seem really good and really simple, until we actually get started…

Three weeks ago we had an electrician replace an old and less than functional breaker box. The home warranty people would cover most of the cost and it improves the house. It was a great idea, except that it meant turning off my computer which refused to turn back on…

Eventually it did get turned back on, but experience convinced my wife that I need a new computer. That lead to a full on plan for running updates, upgrades and replacements for all of our computers…

It also lead to me getting a new laptop and deciding to reorganize how things are set up on my desk.

That lead to moving my desk; which led to…

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Ordinarily I stress thinking things through before you do them but, sometimes you honestly can’t see everything that’s going to happen. I certainly didn’t foresee my computer not turning on, or how replacing the electrical panel would lead to a plan where my wife and I both have desk tops and laptops, but here we are. When these situations happen you can still benefit from your ability to plan and make choices in advance.

How? By making sure almost everything is working in an organized and stable  manner. If it is you can have the latitude and clarity to deal with the things that you didn’t expect. By making a plan and knowing where your resources (time, money, tools, and so on) are, and what there going to be used for, you can make changes when you need to and keep moving forward even when life throws you a curve ball.

Making it up as you go can be fun. Surprises can make life interesting. Having a plan can help you survive those surprises and have that fun with your sanity intact. Never let your plan be so technical and inflexible you can’t deal with the surprises (you’ll crash). But, also know where your going  and what you have to help you get there. That way you can make it through those unexpected events we’re all going to have eventually.

That’s it for this one dear reader. Until next time…

Is that actually a .357 casing in the picture? Puppies round up my characters… I need to know who’s been having gunfights in the office!

 

 

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All things change (and I’m ok with that)

A year ago I had been out of the hospital for two months; I was newly diagnosed as diabetic; and I had just made some decisions… I was dropping the pretense of looking for some other job and embracing the fact that I am by nature a writer. I decided I really needed to get going on publishing. I also decided to get serious about attempting a NANOWRIMO project; writing an entire 50,000+ word novel in one month. It was a turbulent, scary time and I didn’t know what was to come.

Today, this year, I stopped at my local mega-mart to pick up a prescription… I actually know the pharmacist personally at this point. I have finished that NANOWRIMO project. I have ‘beat’ diabetes in that I no longer need insulin. I am struggling to adjust to the fact that I’m 30lbs lighter than when I went to the doctor six months ago (a full 100lbs) below my high point. And, I have a book out.

It really is a different year from last year.

I took a look around the mega-mart because they’re doing one of those “open while we’re remodeling” numbers and I wanted to see what’s new. I realized things are actually kind of new for me too. People are starting to accept that I’m actually self-employed (having books on Amazon helps). My wife is proposing her doctoral dissertation this week (I once thought I would be the one to have a doctorate). This year my ‘big question’ for NANOWRIMO is: can I actually write a 50,000+ word sequel in one month?

Things have changed a lot. Not all of the changes have been what I wanted or planned, but things are actually coming out for the better. The secret is I have chosen, and do choose, to do what I believe is right; to the best of my ability. That includes accepting the fact that I don’t do everything right; learning to do better; and actually doing (even when it isn’t easy). The other secret is the desire to be more than you are; to learn what you are and what you have the potential to be; and then honestly, actively striving to become.

Nietzsche wrote that if God didn’t exist it would have been necessary to invent him. I believe that he does exist (we can save the God is a she debate for another day). I believe he does understand us and has a plan for us. I also believe that coming to know who and what we are, and what we can do (and need to do), is a personal journey. It is not something anyone can, or should, compel anyone else to do. It doesn’t work that way.

So, yeah, my wife is getting the PHD I thought I would be getting; the bakery is inexplicably where the meat counter used to be; and I’m about to start the sequel to a book that wasn’t supposed to have a sequel. I’m ok with that. I am more than I was. I am growing and becoming what I can be.

With all the noise and strife in our world dear reader, with all the change and ‘stuff’ thrown at us every day, don’t forget the real human rights and the real opportunities to make good choices and become more than what we are.

Until next time…

Um, where did they put the magazine rack? …and my notebook? …and…

Not dead yet!!!

I missed posting last week and I’m pretty much missing posting this week. There are lots of reasons (some of them valid) including some major electrical work, major computer work and some big projects shifting. But things will hopefully be back in shape (or better!) soon.

In the mean time dear reader choose your life and live it.

I will hopefully be back next week (or when my wife explains to my why my new pc can’t be a ‘warbot’)