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Contradictions

July 11, 2013

ImageYou know you’re in a blogging funk when you’ve had a post sitting in draft for three weeks, and then realize you’ve got to trash it and start over because the events discussed therein are now past relevance. It’s a counterintuitive phenomenon of the highest order that the more time I have to write, the less I do write.Β 

I spent eight days alone in a great big house with just two dogs and a few fish to care for. I had no job to go to. I had no social plans as I don’t know anyone here, really, outside of the family for whom I was housesitting. The days slipped by and they returned, and sure enough, I have accomplished more in the five days since than the eight days while they were absent.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that I may be the world’s worst self-motivator. Actually, I arrived at that conclusion years ago, but have actively tried to deny it ever since. I live and breathe the contradiction of wanting to be fiercely independent, yet accomplishing the most when people tell me exactly what to do and when to do it.

So could someone please tell me what to write? I promise I will tell you how much I don’t like that idea and will totally write about something else, or maybe not at all.Β 

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  1. July 12, 2013 2:15 am

    It’s weird how that happens isn’t it? I’m similar. The more time I have the less I seem to do. Though I’d like to think if it stretched before me endlessly I’d be productive. I think it’s the knowing its short term, we make the most of the time and actually have a mental break.

    Now get 1,000 words typed out!

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    • July 12, 2013 12:30 pm

      Yes ma’am. You didn’t specify if they needed to be 1000 words ordered into sentences and paragraphs, however. πŸ˜‰

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  2. July 12, 2013 4:16 am

    you pretty much just did

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  3. July 12, 2013 5:56 am

    You should write about Sizzurp.
    The only thing I can do on command is my workouts, I need to have a couch, someone yelling at me, I need to feel the pressure.
    Other than that, I can’t work under pressure, I like being my own boss.
    A lot of free time sucks.

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  4. July 12, 2013 9:37 am

    I think you’re right too much free time is a killer :o)

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  5. July 12, 2013 11:55 am

    When you have a lot of free time it means that there is always more time to get stuff done. That’s why it is sucked up. You did write for my blog then.

    Write about a time you got into really big trouble growing up.

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  6. July 13, 2013 1:01 pm

    Not to be morbid, but I sometimes find that pondering my certain demise engenders a motivation to say what needs to be said. Of course, that could also engender partying like it’s 1999, or curling up in a fetal ball in the corner. Write about the song Spinning Whale, by Cell. That’s what I’m listening to right now. πŸ™‚

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  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes permalink
    July 23, 2013 9:08 pm

    Love this and oh, I do feel it. Especially “counterintuitive phenomenon of the highest order” – time to spare. I idle many many gaps in my lifetime.

    You did perfectly just writing what came to you. What you see, encounters you have with other humans – it’s all fascinating, or at least interesting, to the rest of us on the planet because it takes us away from our worst moments.

    Like! πŸ™‚

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    • July 24, 2013 8:39 pm

      Our stories are all part of one another’s larger story. As John Donne wrote:
      β€œNo man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

      That being said, not all the trivialities of our mundane daily lives make necessarily interesting reading for the masses. Still, they say that when you seek to write, write what you know…

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  8. July 24, 2013 11:06 pm

    Write about Canada! πŸ˜€ lol

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  9. August 6, 2013 11:08 am

    I have all kinds of drafts that will never be published because too much time as passed… plus hundreds of posts in my reader that have yet to be read…. I’m way behind.

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    • August 9, 2013 7:52 am

      My theory is, if you stay way behind, you’ve always got a goal to work towards. If you got way ahead, then you’d get lazy and complacent. Thus, we are obviously doing it the right way.

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