week-end report, week 01, 2013

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

week 01, 2013
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[1] this is totally normal

I know: it feels huge. Overwhelming. Hard. Annoying.
It should be EASIER. 

But, it's normal. Starting something, sticking to a plan, making a true change in how things work, enlisting others, even communicating what seemed so basic with others—not easy. That's normal.

Easy is a repeat of what you already know how to do. Easy is when someone else does it for you before you think of it.

The thing is, there's an element of new in EVERYTHING. Sometimes it doesn't figure that largely in your view of it, the new. Maybe you're ignoring the new, not interested, or unable to perceive it. Maybe it's just not having that big of an impact on you. This sunrise vs. yesterday's. You didn't notice the differences. They're still there.

And, you won't know until you're in it when they are going to have an IMPACT, the differences. When they're going to stop you in tracks, in the track of your expectations and what you believe you can control.

It's not philosophical and separate from experience: every moment, situation, is essentially new. And ease is typically characterized by familiarity, fitting in with what's already in place, adding to it maybe, but showing up neatly, manageably.

Not requiring effort, or stretch, or a shift in your expectations, an expansion of your acceptance, your capacity to engage, interact, feel, do.

It's normal to continually find yourself overwhelmed, frustrated, stuck, annoyed—if you're expecting, only open to, the same and the easy...

What's normal is contingent on how you define easy, or how much you need it to be that way.

Do you?

Is the work, the effort, to participate in what is really too much?

[2] find your feet

Where are you standing?

  • In what landscape?
  • On whose shoulders?
  • On whose neck—in whose way? 
  • In whose service?
  • Facing what direction?
  • Feeling what weather on your skin?
  • From which direction does the wind touch you? And, how strong is it?
  • What's the ground like?
  • What shoes are you wearing?
  • What are you carrying?

[3] what's not surprising about building process

I am continually surprised (and then not) at how many tries it takes for anyone to follow a process.

So much repetition and patience and reviewing what worked, what didn't. Details. Teeny tiny details. Over and over...

The good thing (and I often forget this) is that both parts are a good thing -- that we strive for (and actually can) implement processes AND that we don't come to it easily. Humans are just not binary, not robots or wind-up toys. We can't be switched on and off, and that's it.

It's not just that, like a wind-up toy, we need to be wound up over and over. It's that we're living it.

And living, even the small, boring stuff, is a continually creative act.

scaffolding city, shot 207

scaffolding city, shot 207

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week-end report, week 51, 2012

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

week 51, 2012
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[1] the choice of, not between

From the book, The Opposable Mind, the idea of considering options, including distasteful ones, as sets of factors that can be material for something new, something other than an either-or proposition...something best of both worlds—something better.

Everything is material.
It's what you make of it.

[2] questions are not accusations

Wait a sec before answering. Before deciding what that question really means. Leave room for us to just not be in sync. What he's asking—what's on your mind. Two different things. Maybe a lot different. Leave some room for that. Try just answering the question asked.

[3] Transition begins when?

I can't stop thinking ahead. I'm so used to it—most of the time I don't know when I'm doing it.

Do you?

scaffolding city, shot 196

scaffolding city, shot 196

week-end report, week 45,2012

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

week 45, 2012, scaffolding city shot 167

[1]  bookkeeping  can change your game

bookkeeping is detailed record-keeping, it's like keeping score in a game, in a sport, where statistics are tracked in more detail than win-lose. In the same way that a coach would use the stats and the tape of the game to improve team performance, that's what you do with your books.

Replay the quarter for yourself as a spectator or the coach, pay attention: what did you see, learn and what will you/won't you do again?

[2] you're always starting in the middle

Whatever you're doing, the conversation, the topic, task or entertainment, when you get there, when you arrive, even it if it's the top of the hour, the intro, prologue, handshake hello: it's the middle. For you, for the others, you're all bringing everything with you—beliefs, expectations, needs, fears, preferences, interests and biases.

Take a look behind you, the beginning isn't anywhere in sight.

[3] then again, you could start over right now

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scaffolding city shot 167

week-end report for week 34, 2012

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

week 34, 2012
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[1] there's no such thing as starting from scratch

Even if you've just started your business and we've only just now established your QuickBooks company file, your ideas—assumptions, expectations and understandings—are already in place, underlying what we'll establish. Your ideas and mine. Some of it is familiar and/or standard stuff, and it will seem like we're having the same conversation. But we're not.

That will take time, working together, to reach a plateau, where actually both standing on the same ground, with a similar view.

[2] it will take time (and effort)

This is true for pretty much anything. Though, we rarely seem to expect it. I'd rather not dwell on the whys behind that just now, instead to notice, that it just does: take time. To make, or change, or unravel a thing takes time.

To come to a new understanding, habit or process. And make it your own.
That takes time.

Typically more time than you thought it should take—and it takes effort: attention, vigilance that you don't slip back into the earlier iteration of whatever it is you're looking to change, establish, master: experience.

What are you on the verge of?
How much time and (mental, emotional, collaborative) energy did you allot toward making it happen?

[3] other people don't know how far you've come

Only you really know what it took to get here. Perfection and should-be's aside.

You are
making progress.

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scaffolding city, shot 38

the week-end report

beginning 0, 2012
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The week-end report is not about the weekend, or even written over the weekend, it’s  about the week as it ends.

A log of weeks as they end.
52 entries a year.

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

Sometimes it’s general stuff that applies to much more and different situations than practicing bookkeeping, and other times it’s completely bookkeeping-specific.

I don’t know how to organize this yet, and I probably shouldn’t start, publish, this before having some experience with it.

Here goes.

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scaffolding city shot 33