Hi friends,

Here what I’ve been working (and chewing) on lately:

  1. I’ve been doing a lot of writing 17 syllables at a time in the form of haiku (3 line-poems which are 5, 7, and 5 syllables long). Writing in syllables is an exercise in paying attention, as well as using less words to say more. I usually compose them while I’m running, and post them as #runhaiku (because haiku works while quite well on Twitter). It’s been fun to see them inspire #bikehaiku and #walkhaiku as well.
  2. Speaking of running, biking, and walking, I’ve been learning about the importance of physical activity for mental and creative work. Author Haruki Murakami goes so far as to say that “Without a solid base of physical strength, you can't accomplish anything very intricate or demanding.” I also really enjoyed Ryan Holiday’s article about the connection between writing and running, which applies to a lot of kinds of work (thanks Greg, for passing it along).
  3. Watching my wife work on creative projects has been a lesson on how to get things done, one seam at a time.
  4. One of my new readers recently picked up Pay Attention and found it really helpful in her goal to live more fully in the New Year. We’re well into 2018 now, and if things like “Be grateful”, and “Enjoy the little things” were on your New Year’s resolution list, grab one of my book/notebook packs to help give some fuel to your goals.

Thanks for reading!



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