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 Turning off the auto-pilot2003-12-08 15:59
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Andy Borrows' Older and Growing blog is always a good read. In particular, Andy has a compellingly authentic voice.
"I’ve been feeling oddly ill-at-ease for the last week or so, and couldn’t figure out why. Disconnected, running on autopilot, remote from experience; definitely a few cards short of a full deck. I’ve been bouncing half-formed ideas around my head trying to figure out the cause of the malaise; I started writing blog posts several times but abandoned them every time - the words kept falling into one of a number of stereotyped patterns, running away with themselves, finding their own course like heavy rain falling on a dusty hillside.

But I think the penny has finally dropped. It’s this blogging business, or rather the effects it has.

I had grown used to living in a rut. It may not have been perfect, but after a while you don’t notice the imperfections; it’s just not quite uncomfortable enough to warrant changing anything. Hankering after things that are out of reach only makes you dissatisfied, so after a while you build a high wall so that you can’t see them any more and that way you don’t get so dissatisfied. You don’t notice the rut, because everyone living your side of the wall has their own rut. Life goes on, day follows day and we all get a little older, a little more sure that our reality only extends as far as that wall, but since we do those things together, no-one really notices. And so the wall gets a little higher, a little thicker.

But then along comes blogging and it starts knocking holes in that wall, through which you can glimpse exquisitely tantalising thumbnails of the view on the other side; it creates links, threads that pass through those holes and start to exert a tug that’s almost physical. People, places, ideas, challenges – suddenly they’re all around in glorious technicolour and by contrast this side of the wall is grey, shabby, lifeless, dull.

So what’s been knocking those holes?"
See, how many of us wait to write and speak until we have something figured out, until we have something smart to impart to the world. But the best stuff in life is often the reality of where we are right now, halfway through a lot of things we haven't figured out, and which we might or might not. And when we embrace that, and are able to be in it and talk about it, revelations tend to show up. Like, read on in Andy's post.

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8 Dec 2003 @ 17:06 by sharie : "the best stuff... is where we are..."
When we're trying to figure it out...

yep, that's beautiful.  

9 Dec 2003 @ 04:52 by shawa : I especially like this entry.
Where we are is where we are AT. And it has its own special brand of magick. Though we may have to look through the cobwebs.  

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