My attention is drawn by people who embody quotes, rather than spew them.  I listen closely to what they have to say.

Unfortunately, they’re usually too busy doing stuff to offer up a statement.

9 thoughts on “Musings

  1. Hmm… you offer up statements every day, sir. Does that mean you’re not doing stuff? 😉
    Sorry, couldn’t resist. But I agree with you. The good thing is that if you’re a little patient you can observe those people and learn a lot more than their words could possibly teach you.
    Have a great week!

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  2. I like what Jay posts, also because isn’t that being judgmental about people you don’t really know? You don’t know what else they are dealing with in everyday life. Some may have medical issues, or issues at home that demand their attention, some may be working, and some may be having other kinds of critical issues – legal, etc. Those of us who post have lives to live outside of our postings. Perhaps for us, our postings are therapeutic. I try very hard to get through all of the people who post on their blogs, and I rarely succeed because I am involved with studies outside of this, and I am a volunteer parliamentarian on a mobile home association involved with rent control in my area, as well as a lot of big legal issues that have to be dealt with. So I do well to research something that comes from my heart, respond those who have responded by my own site, and then further try to encourage others who are starting out with their blogs, or perhaps trying to earn a living through them. Life is not easy for anyone these days, and I think it is important to understand that context in our day-to-day lives. I admire you for your persistence with your own writing, and I understand very well how difficult that is as I am a nonfiction published writer. I probably did a lot better writing articles than I have done with the books, but it is ok as I don’t count on those for money. It is not that I am wealthy, for believe me, I am not, but as my grandma used to say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” The world does not march to our own drums.

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    • I’d argue that anyone who’s dealing with any sort of issue is rising to the challenges that life has placed in front of them, so they definitely are doing stuff. My comments were directed more at those who feed off the addictive rush of inspiration that comes with excitedly spouting platitudes while never taking any action. 🙂

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    • People constantly telling me they are going to accomplish this or that, but never taking any action to do so. Or people who are consistently seeking the latest and greatest rush of inspiration from a life hack or proverb, but never following through with substantive action. I don’t take it personally; honestly, it hurts them more than me. My responsibility is to note their lack of commitment, and make sure that I don’t get drawn into a project they’re not going to follow through with me on. At the same time, I don’t cut them off; I just wait until they demonstrate they’re going to actually put in some work before I spend time or energy on them.

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  3. I’ve been there… at work and in personal life… someone all hyped about doing a project to the point that I get inspired about it, too. A day or two into the project, I look up and realize that I’m the only one working to get it done. When I ask the one that got this idea all stirred up about what they are doing for the project, I receive this mix of hype for the project, praise for working on it and excuses for them not having gotten started on their part. That can be… frustrating. So, I wouldn’t call waiting to see if the “inspired” person actually takes action judgmental – maybe a little cynical. But life experience has driven the creation of that disposition, for me, at least. When someone says something with zeal about taking on a task, I admit to hesitating to see if they are going to “put their money where their mouth is” before I jump in to help, especially if I don’t know that person very well. OR… I make arrangements so that I have a chance to accomplish the task without the help that appeared to be offered.

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    • I actually plan to be disappointed by other people. No judgment, but just making good use of my resources. I set up my own auxiliary projects so that as soon as they drop the ball, I can easily transition to something else. Relying on others to carry me through something crucial, I’ve found, doesn’t usually end up well.

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