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Beautifully, and economically (sic) put. Thanks Mark. Resonated with a Douglas Adams quote I read about 10 minutes ago, "This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much most of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." [Douglas Adams.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Pan Macmillan. 1979]
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I RT'ed someone else's mention of this post the other day - because it resonated so strongly with my own feelings (I'm 51 btw). What you call 'scared and lost' is a side effect of the fact that you have a wide awareness, and imagination... which others may be blessed/cursed to lack. You brought back a vivid memory of the day (1998) I stood in a kids' park, next to my pregnant wife and holding my 2 yr old daughter in my arms. I'd just 'properly' left the Civil Service and suddenly realised how scared and exposed I felt *for them*. But it's turned out to be OK after all. I suppose the real trick is to accept 'scared and lost' as the norm, and accept the 'unknown and exciting' that goes with it. Good luck with your next 10 or 20 yr cycle.
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I really like the idea of using circles for social time management. One big problem I have with networks is that I feel committed (obligated?) to a certain, indistinct, level of communication - particularly with those people that social media has now kept me in 'contact' with, and whom in the old days I would have lost touch with. The end result is always a big time defecit and multiple layers of guilt. The idea of being able to apply some kind of equitable rationing/priority to circles may be a bit geeky... but it's preferable to non-specific angst ;0)
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Kevin - concise, measured and absolutely spot on. [Lovely when I can quote someone instead of struggling to write something that still wouldn't make the point nearly so well.] Optimism? I think we need to cultivate our own, and then give people cuttings.
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Aug 9, 2010