So my first request is to acknowledge that you are reading this. And yes, I write for me as much as I write for you, but it's the knowing you are out there that has me sitting down and writing now.
Tim Ferriss shared some rules for productivity/sanity, though I don't think he said sanity explicitly. A good portion of which was being master of your own time, and not being at someone else's beck and call. If you are in the middle of something that's important to you, maybe it's best not to allow yourself to be distracted, kind of like I am doing now. There's no small inclination in my head to go find Tim's comments and make sure I have them right. But here's the thing. If I do that, it's going to take me many times the amount of time I want to spend on this note, and then I'll end up creating other emergencies that keep me from taking care of what is necessary, or that give me an excuse to not to write tomorrow.
So what I am thankful for is that I can wake up and turn on the heat and not worry about how to pay for it. It is unfortunate that this is a concern for too many in the United States right now. You see our government has been shut down because President Trump and Congress can't agree on funding for his border wall, and probably some much bigger issues in the background, like that the Democrats hate Trump.
What's even more unfortunate is that people don't manage their lives to have a little back-up if tomorrow doesn't look like today. In the richest country in the world, it's a shame that most people aren't learning basic home economics anymore.
And then they talk about the economy being hit by this, which suggests that government employment might be a bit too big of a driver of the economy for no reason.
At the end of the day, I say it's about this: people are looking to the US government to fill a role, or many, that it should never have taken on. All sorts of industries are being affected by the shut down. Beer brewers can't get their new brews certified. Chrysler can't run the bureacratic gauntlet to put one of its trucks on the road. The tax man isn't working. The Coast Guard is understaffed. National parks are not operating.
So what else I'm thankful for is that I do have activities to do today that might actually point me toward money.
And three, because Shawn Achor suggests three, is that I can see that my previous statement is not exactly powerful. So I guess it's for the ability to be able to articulate a vision, which I'll work on today.
In the meantime, let's declare a possibility.
This is it and it's perfect. From nothing, the possibility I am inventing for myself and my life is the possibility of being powerful, connected and alive.
And inside of that, I'm going to revisit my structure, and get out there with the people.
I send All my Love, which is so weird. I thought I sent it yesterday. Maybe it came back.