Courage to Pause

We can only act here and now.

Of course, this seems obvious, but it is not. In fact, there are reasons to hide from the present moment, and we can easily do so without realizing it.

Acting from the present means directly facing the real limits of time and attention. We would realize that whatever we choose to do now will take every other choice off the table, at least for now. There are many feelings that come with that knowledge.

But when we do act with full presence, we face the limits of time and attention with strength. The risks needed, the mourning of lost possibilities, and the acknowledging of fears in paths taken — all factor in to a solid decision.

It is not easy to face the current moment. But the act of doing so is simple — that is to pause.

Pausing returns us to the present. When we pause, our current world of worries and want, our thoughts and feelings, all have time to settle in conscious awareness.

It takes courage to pause. But when we do, our decisions gain strength. We find footing, courage, and adaptability to move forward.

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Zen & The Art of Work – Find calm in work and play.

Zen & The Art of Work is a set of exercises to help you do more and stress less.  It can help you in fields of business, school, the creative arts, home and more.  You can even learn to develop a path of mastery in whatever field you choose.  The course can help you build a new system or return to one if you’ve “fallen off the wagon”. It can also fit well with a system you already have.

Followers of the mailing list should have already received (or will receive soon) the Introduction module.  If you’re interested in getting the free sample, as well as samples of Creating Flow with OmniFocus and Workflow Mastery, sign up here.  You can also watch the Introduction in the embed below.

The video course contains 16 individual modules with 14 exercises (plus an introduction and a conclusion video). The course is the product of many years of work with clients, a compilation of ideas from therapy, many popular productivity ideas, meditation, creativity, and more.

Zen & The Art of Work marks the third piece in the work efficiency trilogy which began with Creating Flow with OmniFocus and Workflow Mastery.

As a bonus, purchasers will receive the soundtrack of the course Zen & the Piano.

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Here’s the Introduction:

The Wisdom of Wilbur Weathervane

“Courage stands at the beginning of a task and luck at the end.”

– Wilbur Weathervane, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

I’m certain that there must another source of attribution to this quote. But I totally get a kick out of it coming from a video game character like Wilbur. 

Rest in Peace – Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell was a fantastic musician, well known for his involvement in Parliament Funkadelic. He is someone I’ve looked up to as a keyboardist for many years.  His style and individuality radiates through the notes:

He’s also done fantastic work with the Talking Heads:

I first discovered him playing in a band called Praxis:

and listen to him go all wonderful in the latter half of this one here …

Just a fantastic musician.  He will be missed.

A Principle of Completable Lists

We can have any number of types of task lists, be they a perspective, a context, or a project. Some lists stick around: the daily list, phone calls to make, things to file, agenda items, and more. They fill up, we clear them, and they fill up again.

Two questions we can ask when approaching any list are:

  • Do I intend to complete this list?
  • If so, how often?

These questions are useful because completable lists affect us differently. When we can arrange a list to be completed regularly, we effectively create a reliable channel of work. Whatever we throw in there, so long as it isn’t large enough to clog the system, has a good chance of being done. As soon as one task starts to stick around though, other tasks tend to stall, too, and soon we’re wading through cobwebs.

We can consider a Principle of Completable Lists …

Read the full post at UsingOmniFocus.com.