Time Flies

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn

Time Flies
AI Generated, the passage of time

It was really rewarding to hear from so many people last week after writing Random Acts, a simple idea that we humans should just appreciate each other more and verbalize it. Thank YOU, it really made my week hearing from so many.

This week, I've been thinking, again, about time. Tempus Fugit, which is Latin for describing the way "to draw attention to the rapid passage of time". Roughly means 'time flies', however, Albert Einstein is the one who coined the term "time flies when you're having fun."

Looking back over the years of journal entries, newsletters, talks, blog posts, whatever, I've started to observe a pattern that I actually spend quite a bit of time, thinking about how I spend time. Whether its through some crazy structure to treat time like a bank with rigid calendar management, saying no to unimportant things, or even just revisiting how I think about linear time, it's a lot of thinking about.. yes, time.

"Time is basically an illusion created by the mind to aid in our sense of temporal presence in the vast ocean of space. Without the neurons to create a virtual perception of the past and the future based on all our experiences, there is no actual existence of the past and the future. All that there is, is the present." -Abhijit Naskar

Maybe it's just natural to be more acutely aware of all this as we slowly get older. Or that my own observations on how little time we all have and, even though im getting better at self correcting it, I still waste time doom-scrolling or on other pointless cruft and brain candy.

"The Shortness of Time" also explores it:

Time is invisible, so it’s easy to spend. It’s only near the end of our life that most of us will realize the value of time. Make sure you’re not too busy to pay attention to life.

Just remember, time can only be spent once. Spend well, friends.

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Slow Tech

One of the more frequent questions I get in mastermind groups or a 'ask me anything' forum is how to get started writing, primarily if they've never written before. It's funny because I never considered myself a writer, per se. I do it because it helps empty my brain.

But the advice(?) I always give the same: Write. Whether in a journal, moleskin, privately, or online, it doesn't matter. Look for something other than an audience. Just write for yourself. If you want to share it, share it. If not, don't.

It's also cheaper than therapy...

But I came across a post from Austin Kleon, 'A blog post is a search query to find your people' which struck a chord with me. In it, he quotes Henrik Karlsson:

A blog post is a search query. You write to find your tribe; you write so they will know what kind of fascinating things they should route to your inbox. If you follow common wisdom, you will cut exactly the things that will help you find these people.

I like that thinking a lot. One of the reasons I've been continuing writing (since 2020) is that it is helping me work through my thinking and helping me cultivate cultural perspectives to running a team, and it's connecting me. I can't underscore the number of quality people and thinking that public writing has introduced me to, and that is immeasurable.

"Life is about collecting good people around you. You can't have enough good people." - Robert Kraft

Brain Dump

Here are a few articles and videos that resonated with me over the last week:

This Weeks Vibe

This week has been a long week of writing performance reviews, and I needed to get into a deeper headspace for writing. While I enjoy apps like Endel.io and Brain.fm for that, nothing beats listening to Hans Zimmer.

Be well. ✌🏻

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Jamie Larson