January Notes

January Notes? But it’s February!!

According to phrases.org the first use the term “better late than never” can be traced back to the 1300’s.

“Geoffrey Chaucer appears to have been the first person to have put the proverb into print, in The Canterbury Tales – The Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale, circa 1386″

And here we are over 600 years later, and the term remains a defining ethic of my creative process.

I never turned shit in on time in all my years of shooling. 99% of the distance between academic success and where I have sailed the educational archipelago is due to missed deadlines. These lucky kids today get email reminders about their homework. Oh, what could have been.

“In the real world they don’t accept late work” I would often hear. Turns out that is a complete fucking lie. Almost NOTHING in the real world gets turned in on time. NOTHING. You don’t get 10% less pay for everyday a project is late. Punctuality is powerful, but January notes is getting released late. Such is life. Better late than never.

Einstein wrote a letter to a group of children in 1934:

“My Dear Children:

I rejoice to see you before me today, happy youth of a sunny and fortunate land.

Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common.

If you always keep that in mind you will find a meaning in life and work and will acquire the right attitude toward other nations and ages. “

If you hate something you don’t understand it.

Book of the Month: The Code Breaker

This is the story of Jennifer Doudna, sorta. It reads much more like the story of the modern gene editing revolution and is absolutely fascinating. As with all of Walter Isaacson’s works it maybe has a little more than necessary to stimulate a short attention span, but it is not a story that begs for brevity. The discovery is on par with any in history and will literally redefine reality in the coming decades.

A good book. Here is scientific juggernaut and all around bad ass Jennifer Doudna’s Ted Talk

A while back I did an exercise with Ray Dalio’s Principles App. I created a list of 10 principles I find most valuable. The first one of which is

Principle 1: Always be you

Make the choice to be exactly who you are in every moment. When we do this, we resist being dragged down, and invite the opportunity to be lifted up.

To always be ourselves comes with the obligation to know ourselves.

We suffer in direct proportion as we let the world dictate the terms of service. How we behave should never depend on how others treat us or the things happening to us. If someone intrudes on our peace and succeeds in altering our mind or course of action, they have won. Not a victory of action on their part, but a victory of concession on ours. We surrender our will when we permit people and things to control us.

Does your mood depend on the things happening to you in life? Is the randomness of life in charge of whether a good day is had or not? Whether you are in a good mood or bad mood? Every moment spent reacting after the fact is a gift you give to the enemy without them asking. Defend your attention. What better victory in the face of all we encounter, than to choose to remain smiling. To immediately return to personal peace and happiness. What will be will be. I choose serenity.

One thought on “January Notes

  1. dchilders13coxnet February 6, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    Totally agree! I choose serenity!

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