While funny, entertaining and well done, the TV show Seinfeld also had moments where the day to day was important, but the odd piecies, the uninteneded, was where the memorable magic was. Often spoke about as their favorite and/or most challenging episode by the cast, they talk about this episode as both exhausting and painful, but also the most memorable.
The whole episode deserves research, but specifically, the final scene is the most unintended- they were supposed to drive out of the garage and fade out- but the car would not start. The final ending to the scene was a surprise to all- the car would not start as the cameras were rolling. The characters in the car are laughing uncontrollably and the scene was kept as it was- the car not starting instead of driving out. Sometimes perfection lies in the unintended- actually, more than sometimes.
The band Nirvana did not like the evolution of the song Teen Spirit, and thought the mixing of their album Nevermind was too polished. They came to dislike the song. Jimi Hendrix supposedly didn't like his voice, and was looking for a singer for his band for most of his short career. Blur made a song mocking the music scene, Song 2, and it became one of their biggest hits. If we only look at the highlights, we fail to see the pieces that fall away, the scenes cut from the final polished picture- the pain, the sweat, the tears. The loneliness, the late nights, the fatigue, the pain. We should celebrate the success, but also the journey.
One run in this week. 3.7 km. 28.07 Minutes.
6.5 hours MBA time this week. Got the research question and my direction.
Kids and H are happy and healthy. 3 perfect days on my LifeLog app.
Not where I want to be- but progress. Boys can do yoga, boys are stretching and helping me roll out my legs at night. Work is amazing- so much change. Even had some time to play Kings Of Tokyo (I lost really really bad).
K.V. Switzer not only ran the full marathon (42.2 km) but she also evaded officials, idiots, quiet bystanders, and ran a time better than other men in that race. She ran it again at 70 years old.
Find the impossible. Do it twice. Take pictures.
Massages therapy is so vital to my running these days.
I ran 5.9 km this week, and some of it is hill training. I asked the clerk about my massage count, and she said it looked like 23 massage over the last year. And that was only this clinic. I also have mobile massage coming once and a while. This will be a secret weapon when I am running 20km/ week.
Family is doing well, boys are good (and naughty!), work is in constant flux, my diet is improving, time with family is more mindful, running is developing into a pattern. And I am tracking quality more and more, as well as time spent.
The next step is to knock this MBA down. I had a great meeting with my new client, and today I am loading up on Americano to make a dent.
Interesting how time flies, and if we measure, we can quantify the brevity.
"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well.
Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really." ~Bowles
My journal entries this week included running, studying, time with family, time at work, time in bed, eating and meditating.
The journal entries also have a 'quality measure'. The dietician and I were working on material from 10 years ago (gasp) and we went through the triathlon training journal I had. It was inspiring and amazing and a life ago and emotional.
I went for a run? Great- distance, time, heart rate. But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of fun and effective?
I studied? But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of learning and useful?
Time with family? But what was the quality? Did you have the phone turned off and were mindful and present?
You were at work? But what was the quality? Did you rush and make mistakes or tolerate slow to achieve quality?
You ate your new focussed diet of blended tofu and apple? Great! But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of healthy and fulfilling? Did you go hungry or get tired from too much or not enough?
I will continue to focus on the quality. And also, time spent- did the time spent meet my needs/ wants/ expectations? How long can we go without distraction?
There is enough time for the important things and an approach rich in quality and deliberate mindfulness.
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR