we were all brave and philosophical about it, although my editor did suggest that if I were feeling strapped for cash perhaps I should consider entering my cat in the Purina Cat Chow contest. Shortly thereafter, for money reasons indeed, I left New York for good.
Because this process is a roller coaster, sans barf bag.
My most recent post on Medium is getting a lot of love. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.
Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity. There is a sort of dead-alive, hackneyed people about, who are scarcely conscious of living except in the exercise of some conventional occupation. Bring these fellows into the country, or set them aboard ship, and you will see how they pine for their desk or their study. They have no curiosity; they cannot give themselves over to random provocations; they do not take pleasure in the exercise of their faculties for its own sake; and unless Necessity lays about them with a stick, they will even stand still […] This does not appeal to me as being Success in Life.
I want you to pull those bad thoughts from your head and never listen to ‘no.’
Find the superstar who’s just a bit less experienced than your job req suggests and give them the chance to step up. […] Often I don’t want to bet on someone who has done the job before, but someone with the headroom and capacity to do this job and beyond.
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness, whereas happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life
And purpose and meaning doesn’t just come from “loving your job”, as I’ve written about before. Finding meaning and purpose takes hard work, and a lot of uncomfortable moments of growth along the way, but is ultimately what keeps our spark alive for the duration of our lives.