Less is more. If you boil down success, you find commitment. That’s just about it, and everything else is going through the motions. I’m committed to writing because it may be the only thing I do well. I wrote a blog of poems from a severely low place for a few years. They came easily, like a flash, from a small mode of consciousness that I was comfortable in. I say “small” because what I saw was completely myopic. The vision I had was drawn from a greatly deep, vast depression that I allowed myself to enter as a stoned junkie smoking weed every minute. Cue: less is more. In my case, none is most.
Fortunately, I’m committed to just say “no” like I was taught in school. Do they even teach that in primary school anymore? Now that marijuana is moving towards legalization, something friends and I craved, I’m off the roller coaster–week 1 of Narcotics Anonymous. Hooray! A commitment, and less (none) of something I don’t need. This is practicing what I’ve been so focused on after reading Seth Godin’s blog post, Don’t Shave That Yak!
Not to share all about the twelve steps, I feel like my next adventure has begun. There is a lot of love in the program, and it is very humbling. The most exciting part is knowing that I have much greater things to offer in my life without the choice I made everyday to use the weed. Less is more. I committed to not anymore giving myself a choice. When I write poems, I make lots of choices. To leave a word in or out, to punctuate differently, or to use different line breaks are all choices that affect my readers. The choice used to always be “yes” to toking up. How differently will my being affect others not being stoned?
We have to take in to account our past yak shaving parties. Our plans should already be cleanlyshaved in detail, and more important than inclusion may be (definitelyis) exclusion. Hopefully everything we want is easy to imagine. More challenging is to determine everything to be left out. After finishing something, everyone knows nobody sees everything they didn’t want in the process before they began. Ask a writer how much more difficult it is to say more saying less.
“Don’t go to Home Depot for the hose,” Seth Godin.
But what to leave out? What if we need a hose? Leave out things based on experience. No, not everything we’ve learned, but anything we’ve taken personal account of that is beyond a healthy, sustainable goal. We can’t give and expect more in glory unless, before beginning, the goal is sustainable by ourselves. We are the determining factor and foundation of everything we do from the start of a venture. We must continually hone our eyes on finding weaknesses before we take action and take them out.
Progressing a project successfully begins before we begin. The quality of the original thought must remain connected to the ultimate goal of a project throughout the process. After the initial, inspiring flash of an idea, we need to ask, “what do I need less of for this to come to fruition?” “Don’t go to Home Depot for the hose” means that, when we are planning, we should try to leave out everything that doesn’t belong to our goal, anything divisive in destination.
When we return to the sun or fun or are just relaxing, we furbish provisions we call comfort. Seasonally we enjoy imbibing beer that slakes our thirst born exploring freedom’s country for over twenty-five years! We’ve taken tastes beyond ocean’s borders, never deserting our piques for flavor and fortuitous notes that bring us back to the familiar comfort of times drafting beer with family and friends at home. We’ve historically noted our favorite flavors, and have never replaced superior quality to the detriment of our need for memorable, traditional beers that we’d love to share with you. We’re always expanding by drawing fresh ideas from our travels near and far, and we brew locally and our doors and taps are open. We bring cheers for the whole family and pets! Must be 21 to imbibe.
Yes, I’ve come to The Malazan Book of the Fallen a second time, or (I should say) I’ve come to finish Gardens of the Moon for a second time and have begun Deadhouse Gates, again, aiming to finish it (this time) and complete the core of the series by Steven Erikson. If memory serves me correctly, I must have dropped this series when I began to watch The Game of Thrones on HBO. Beginning a few seasons behind and with a binge, I joined the bandwagon.
This is the series I’ve been more serious about in curiosity, though had tucked it under a blanket in the back of my mind for when I would thirst for a great story again and planned on rereading it from the start of my GOT romance. Without visual production for the screen and being a much more voluminous series than GOT and not a part of mainstream pop culture, The Malazan Book of the Fallen appeals more greatly as a series that I want to read over seeing it on the screen. To put this story on film would break the entire bank and be a double-decade undertaking, at least.
As well, the series lured me to it again because I enjoyed the complexity of The Game of Thrones, the violence and darkness, and the hope the great characters brought to the fantasy tale, but I did want more than this only. MBotF’s complexity is greater than GOT’s. Magic of demons, Gods, High Mages, Lords of Darkness, power higher than on display in the series GOT, adds layers of complexity players of Dungeons & Dragons enjoy, which multiplies possible foreshadowing through the tale. The story runs deeper than visual representation. Yes, like GOT, MBotF’s plots lead near and far, but the magic use in the story brings on a vaster reality of war.
Erikson’s style reads as well as watching a movie. Readers are never at a lack for plot progression or interesting detail. Every moment of Gardens of the Moon motivated me to continue to read.
I enjoy reading about self improvement. I enjoy learning boiled down task lists that proceed me with information that I need to know to get to where I want to be. I was happy to read, author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin’s blog entitled, Don’t Shave That Yak!
Godin gives a lesson belonging to the phrase yak shaving. This is when you intend to take action to do something to fulfill a purpose but wind up “shaving a yak” in the zoo ten hours later. You could’ve shaved nine hours off the accomplishment of your plan if you had the right, useful information. Godin advises avoiding yak shaving parties in goals.
I do too. The article delineates a learning process. When you course through life, you draw your own map based on your own information. We don’t all have the same information or map, but I believe that, driven to succed in goals, we can find the help to shave time off achieving our accomplishments. Guiding information is at our fingertips, and we have whole communities that share knowledge in forums and markets nearer than a trek to the local yak zoo.
At work on important tasks, we can have many avenues to forge our way directly. We choose which beneficial avenue to traverse. Our job is in providing a product or service efficiently and satisfactorily to consumers. If our plans are well planned and we have trusted human or other resources, avoiding yak shaving parties comes with the experience of patience, organization, and learning from prior mistakes. The point of learning through experience is to foresee where each trail in the woods leads. Sometimes they lead to yak prairies, but you’ve added to your map and saved the information to use further down the way, which should save you time and energy. Godin advises taking care in how you use what is at your disposal in completing tasks, maybe even before you begin.
Problem? Have a meeting at 8:30, and your spouse has to be “there” by 8. Have a child. Obviously you either share a car or a car pool or a bus. Sometimes the sitter is late, and, guess what, “more good news,” diapers still leak in the 80s. We propose a thin, more comfortable diaper. Wonder if whether or not they can “dramatically cut” possible leakage “even overnight,” unlike other super-thin diapers. Luvs Deluxe with a new “NIGHT-GUARD SYSTEM,” the newest, best system, is the solution. Let’s mull over this new system you need. We know you’re not stupid, but you’re tired. We’ll use purple graphic instead of pee colored graphic because you’re tired of seeing pee. You’ll be refreshed, and this solution will make everything okay. One less thing to worry about. Everything will be perfect.
Translated, Growing Up, Young David, early 1980s
In advertising the new Luvs Deluxe diaper, Luvs approaches potential buyers watching the television commercial standing on the grounds that they know buyers “aren’t stupid,” and they want buyers to know that they know. Information spread even more quickly than the previous decade, and life, especially for young parents, was keeping pace with technological and social advancements that the 1980s brought with it. Movies began busting every block where they were shown in the 80s. At pace with cinema, music, current events, and television of the day, commercials became a bombardment in view like never before. Worldly pressure was opposed to the idea that modern advancements would ease pressures previous generations were granted. Things looked more stressful, but companies tried to assure consumers that their modern surfboards ensured an excellent ride, as stressful as the wave of the future was. The Luvs commercial aims to produce the picture of modern, overloaded drama to anyone with a diapered child, who assumes that they’re intelligent, who is tired, and who is driving to have everything the best the 1980s has to offer; the Luvs commercial hooks viewers who identify with the outside-in presentation of drama and intelligence, presented en media res, as dramatically as a television soap opera or picture of its day. The push to buy lures because we all, sometimes, see things as impossible, like when you have a meeting at 8:30 but your partner has to be “there,” anywhere but here, at 8. I think this commercial would’ve aired afternoons and later nighttimes, nap-time and bedtime for hardworkers. Even if you were the daycare provider, you would’ve been taken by the cinematic and informative ploys of the program, which pecks in pace with the day. The prevalence of drama appreciation rose as information transfer became and continued to become more vivid and quick. This commercial is specifically 80s because people of the era identified with the rush of living in the new, modern day, when people thought in ten or twenty years they would have robots to pick up slack and, maybe, flying cars, in the United States of America. People were still learning to ride the wave of the future.