I Shall Use My Time

Jack London

Jack London’s Credo

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

So, how will you use your time today?


Featured image sourced via Pilgrim’s Way Books.

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Do the Work! (The Domino Project, 2011)

Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. — Steven Pressfield, Do the Work!

Work is work, and even the work we love to do—though fueled by our passion—still requires effort. Every idea that we spin into motion always encounters resistance. Always.

To some degree, we are all artists. Whatever your passion—be it creating art, music, writing, starting a new business, launching into a ministry, forming a special interest group, or simply doing your best at the job you’re in right now—ultimately is done to better yourself, achieve something (even if only a paycheck), share with others. Usually it’s to find a little more joy. A little more happiness. But always fulfillment of some kind. As Steven Pressfield says in his book Do the Work!, “The last thing we want is to remain as we are.

In Do the Work!, Pressfield takes you from Beginning to End on what you can expect to encounter on your new venture, and the grit it will take to finish. He doesn’t throw any trick punches either.

In this short read, about 100 pages of eye-grabbing fonts, bullet points, and paragraphs filled with high-impact quotes, he’ll hit you square in the nose. And the result? You’ll be ready to fight for your cause.

Two other excellent reads by Pressfield that tie in with Do the Work! are The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, and Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work.

You can read more about Steven Pressfield here at his website, www.stevenpressfield.com.

The End of the Book Voyeur

“What is that?” said the flight attendant, pointing near the region of my, ahem, crotch.

Startled after a 35,000-foot nap, I snapped my eyes to where she had dared go. Is my fly open?

“Oh, this!” I said, relieved I wasn’t exposed. It was the top half of the book cover, a colorful scene of adults and children sledding. I lifted the seat tray and held up the book resting on my lap. “I’m reading Snow Day by Billy Coffey. It’s his debut novel.”

“I noticed the cover and I love to read. What’s it about?”

On Characters and Writers – Quotes

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Two writing quotes I like from the January 2011 edition of Writer’s Digest magazine:
“Writers are the ones who don’t let failure stop them.”
— John Dufresne, “What to Do When Your Novel Stalls.” (pp. 42-45)Compelling characters are not cogs in the machine of your plot; they are human beings to whom the story happens.
David Corbett, “Hooked on a Feeling: The Emotion-Driven Method of Crafting Compelling Characters.” (pp. 32-36)

Highlights: A Free Book Contest, A Story, and A Donkey

Do We Need to Be Here?
Author Ann Kroeker (annkroeker.com), also the Content Editor of The High Calling online community, asks the question, “Do We Need to Be Here?“, that is, on the Internet. Is there any value in the hours we are spending with online friends? Are real friendships forming in cyberspace, or are we getting sucked into a vacuum of shallow relationships? Ann offered to highlight one of my previous posts as an example, followed by a contest that could win you a free copy of Philip Yancey’s What Good is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters. Click here to check it out. Thank you, Ann!

A Social Network Christmas
If you even remotely know what Facebook is, you MUST see this version of the Christmas Story, linked by Dan Roloff, Managing Editor of The High Calling. A reminder that although the world has changed, the Story is still relevant and very much alive. Click the image or here to view.

Dominick the Donkey
It’s Wednesday, and you’re stressed about Christmas. You haven’t finished your shopping–heck, you haven’t even started. Maybe you’re traveling, or maybe they’re traveling to see you. You know what happens every year with that certain someone. Yeah, you know who I’m talking about. The person who always seems to say something at the dinner table that ticks you off and ruins your holiday spirit. You’re mad that I even brought it up. Thanks Brock, you say. Actually, you might want to thank me for this.

The video below is my Christmas gift to you. When your anxiety level skyrockets this week, come back to Lifesummit and play this. If you have a SmartPhone or other handheld iSomething device, just excuse yourself to the bathroom when that special someone spits venom across the room. Make sure you laugh loud enough so they can hear you. Merry Christmas!