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.

Inspiration Strike

Inspiration is such a funny thing, so seemingly fleeting and elusive, yet so concrete when it actually falls upon you. A person could get rich if they could deliver inspiration on demand, “inspiration guaranteed or your money back!”. But inspiration is really only half the problem, the other half is action. Inspiration without action is a passing dream. Just some thoughts.

Derelict

derelictI have always had a fascination with abandoned structures, and while I cannot be sure this one is actually abandoned, it is not doing much to make anyone think otherwise. Location: Guemes Channel