Category Archives: Random

Step by Step

Sometimes you can’t even even walk. But we imagine ourselves running, and then we get demotivated when we see that running leaves us exhausted after mere seconds.

Sometimes all we are able to do is crawl.

Put one foot ahead of the other. A book is written word by word.

No gesture is too small. When you have a goal, and there is no progress – see that you are not trying to run before you’ve mastered walking.

See if you can’t break down things into very small steps, so small that it seems silly to consider doing so.

Sometimes all we can do is one word. The sentence must be left for the next day. Sometimes all we can do is find a phone number. The call is a problem for tomorrow.

It doesn’t matter. One step every day, and who knows where we will be in a month, in a year?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

― Bilbo Baggins, in  The Lord of the Rings  by J.R.R. Tolkien

Painting by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rain on Demand

Rainy days like today are very productive. There is something about the rain that helps me focus.

Of course, not every day is like today. On those days I have Rainy Mood.

Yes, I know this note is looking a lot like an ad for aspirin or toiletries, but I’m not an affiliate, I don’t earn if you try it. It’s just another one of those times when I want to share something cool with you.

The free version is very generous, and I didn’t need to upgrade, but I bought it anyway, as a way to say thanks. The paid version has extra soundscapes – rain on the beach, for example – but for me it’s the original that delivers the goods. The only paid function that I use is the sleep timer. I set the app for thirty minutes as I go to bed, and I know it will stop after I fall asleep. It’s also good for meditation.

It works great with headphones, but with a good sound system, the effect is phenomenal. I’m even tempted to buy a bluetooth speaker system for the bedroom, just to use with this.

Photo Credit: Gunn Shots (On and off these days) Flickr via Compfight cc

Travel and Commitments

I’m going to spend the weekend away, in a way that necessarily pulls me away from the computer.

Of course, I intend to keep my commitment – to leave you a short note here every day. This blog is hosted on WordPress and I plan to use the iPhone application to publish the essays over the weekend.

It is not clear to me how the system that manages the English and Portuguese categories will work through the mobile platform, so I ask for your patience in the event of technical issues. It is possible that the posts published during the weekend will only be available in one of the languages. If so, I will correct the problem on Monday.

I considered, of course, to write three pieces at once and pre-schedule them for publication. But it felt like cheating. Part of the commitment is that these texts are a bit like entries in a diary, my developing of an idea or story that came to me over the course of the current day.

Let’s see how this goes!

Painting: “Paul Alexis Reading to Zola” by Paul Cèzanne