Gaining Traction

My family just returned from a week-long vacation on Lake Erie. It was good to rest and get away from the fray, though anyone with small children will agree that vacations often feel more like packing up your life and moving it to a less convenient place. Still, the break from things like e-mail, the pressure to produce and the relational demands of everyday work was welcome.

Now that I’m back, the challenge has been regaining traction. Re-entry always feels a bit like sitting in a car on a patch of ice hoping for any kind of opposable surface. This is the same feeling that is often present at the beginning of a big project. Where to begin?

First, I’m so thankful for the practices I’ve built into my life. Without them, I would be awash right now in a sea of e-mail and tasks. These practices in the areas of time, energy, stimuli, focus and relationships are like salt on the ice, giving me points of friction.

Second, I’m thankful for the people in my life who help me stay focused in the midst of what often feels like chaos.

Finally, I’m thankful to the great AC community and the very kind e-mails I’ve been receiving lately. It means a ton to know that the podcast and site are helpful.

I’m wrapping up the first draft of the AC book. It’s due to the publisher on September 1, and I’m hoping to have it finished in the next week so I can sit with it for a while. If there is anything that’s been helpful that you think MUST be included, please let me know.

In my Stimulus Queue: I recently read The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz. Many of you heard our recent interview with Tony, and I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who is feeling a little…stretched…thin. I’ve been interested recently in the effects of celebrity culture on the American mindset, so I’ve just begun Empire Of Illusion by Chris Hedges. More to come on this subject.

It’s great to be back, and as always, it’s great to be creating with you!

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