Setting Goals, Marking Time, & John Cage

As kids, we knew that summer commenced in June, ended in August, and school resumed in September. As adults, we learned about equinoxes and solstices and that days got longer all winter–even if it didn’t feel that way. For many kids, this weekend marks the halfway point of summer. I find it’s a good time, too, to review my goals for Q3, for it increases the chances that I can check off some big items on my quarterly to-do list in its final weeks.

I find that the making of manageable-sized goals, assigning compassionate deadlines, and crossing items off my to-do list is a huge part of adulthood. It’s essential, too, if you’re running your own business. You are repeatedly called upon to impose something (deadlines) onto nothing (the calendar) and to see it through. It’s an odd dance. So, how do you move through the rhythms of the day, the week, the month, and the season? What do you do best in the morning or in the afternoon? Can you set up your day accordingly?

John Cage’s “Lecture

John Cage enjoys a laugh, a smoke, and a rhythm. 

on Nothing” (here) (1959) is one of the oddest things I’ve ever read, but it’s something you might enjoy this weekend, especially if you have something better to do.


Published by Randal Doane

Living the good life in NE Ohio. I dig science and the written word. Let's build something amazing together.

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