Archive for the ‘Thinking’ Category

I really like Hugh MacLeod’s little cartoons. Every day he sends a cartoon to subscribers for free. Every day he makes me think. Today he made me think a lot:

Hugh notes:

Like Jack Welch, the former CEO of G.E. famously quipped, there is no work/life balance, there is only work/life choices.

I somewhat agree and somewhat disagree. Balance comes from doing what you love. If you hate what you do then you try to balance it with something that you love that isn’t your work and, therefore, the idea of balancing work life against personal life. If you make your work your passion then balance comes much more naturally.

I like my work a lot. My passions are evolving.

Remembering My September 11 Thoughts

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Thinking

On this 10th anniversary of a day that may have had more impact on our country than any other, I re-read what I wrote shortly after the horrifying events:

(For various reasons I have had several unfinished posts sitting in my queue on Blogger. This is the third of three old posts that I am finally finishing.)

I have tried to get more involved with bicycle advocacy to promote cycling as a lifestyle; as a way to reduce our use of automobiles as primary transportation. To that end I have supported events related to the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan. I also read the book, Pedaling Revolution, by Jeff Mapes.

Jeff presents a pragmatic view of how we can convert our American car culture into a more bicycle-centric culture that promotes better health, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and improves many aspects of our social structure.

Read the book (please).

Systems Thinking and the Recession

Posted: February 4, 2009 in Thinking

This morning I heard an interview with Robert Reich (former US Secretary of Labor) on one of our local Public Radio stations on the program, Marketplace Morning Report. Mr. Reich notes:

“But what’s intelligent for an individual does not necessarily translate into what’s good for the economy as a whole. The only way to create or preserve jobs is through additional spending. And unlike tax cuts used to pay down personal debt or add to savings, every dollar of government spending flows directly into the economy and adds to overall demand.”

Optimizing your personal financial situation in the short term sub-optimizes our country’s economy in the long term and probably hurts you as an individual in the long term too. We have to think systemically when it comes to repairing our economy and keeping it healthy. Pursuing individual wealth without thinking about the whole is what got us into the condition that we currently face.

Introspection

Posted: September 28, 2001 in Thinking

It’s amazing how introspective you become at times of national emergency. However, we must go on with life, even with the specter of heightened security that affects our daily routine. For now Americans have traded some personal freedoms for a sense of security and safety. The terrorists have won the first round.