The Far Edge

There are places far from the places we are used to, where the people live in ways we hardly recognize, and work at jobs we cannot understand.  If those people travel to where we live and work, would they feel the same about us?  Does our recognition of our differences make us similar? Just some thoughts.

The Hoover Dam Wasn’t Built In A Day

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I’ve never actually found that particular saying very encouraging. I know it is usually used to impart the wisdom that it takes time to build great things. But Rome wasn’t built in one lifetime, and one lifetime is all I have. Am I really supposed to be encouraged that great things take time, and if I’m working on something (even if it isn’t great) it might take really really really long, so long I might not even see the fruition of my work? Why not say something like “the Hoover dam wasn’t built in a day”. It actually took 5 years to build the Hoover dam, and 5 years is long, but not lifetime long. Just some thoughts.

Active Thought

Our brains seem predisposed to wandering thought, or maybe just mine. Making the effort to actively think through a problem or analyzing a situation takes exactly that, effort. My mind continually sidebars, wanders, and gets lost.  I have to keep reminding myself, stay on topic, stay on topic. I read somewhere that the once famous now pariah cyclist Lance Armstrong once said when asked how he had so much to say on so many topics (or something along those lines) “I had a lot of time to think on the bike”. Makes sense right? He’s sitting in the saddle grinding out thousands of miles of rides, he had a lot of time to just think. But I’ve always believed if I had been in the same situation, I would have been too mentally exhausted (not to mention physically) to force myself to think through deep issues. Thinking “keep going, keep going” is all I would have been capable of. Just some thoughts.