What to do?

That simple question proves increasingly difficult with too little time and many competing priorities. I find it challenging to weigh choices based on their merit. How can you mentally equate things like an hour spent on a bike ride, getting caught up on work email, or relaxing with a new book? I keep big lists in Google docs of priorities in various areas, as well as priorities across those lists. In any given free hour, I have at least five priority candidates, and 50 that are possibilities.

What seems to work rather well is visualizing myself at the end of the day having done the various choices. How do I feel then? Toggle back and forth like the eye doctor – better, worse? Went for a ride, didn’t go. The same works for bigger things like career decisions. Thorough evaluation is hard. Visualizing how I’d feel in the new position is more approachable. I already do this a lot for food and drink. Cake tastes great anytime but it generally makes me feel worse after. Beer is great anytime but makes me feel slow unless it’s after some physical activity.

I’m considering banning the questions “what should I do?” and “what do I want to do?” from my internal dialogue. Replaced by “how would I feel if I did?”. An experiment. I’ll try to do nothing without asking that question. Even writing blog posts.

 

Zero sum game?

Lots of talk these days about the rise of China and how they are about five years away from eclipsing our spot as the biggest world economy. Gaming this out a bit, what exactly are we concerned about?

Economically, I see two main possibilities:

1) They are going to have lots of money and will likely buy some of the things we make.

2) They are going to make cool new things and we will choose to buy them.

So far so good.

Politically you could imagine China taking this newfound wealth and plunging back into neo-communist expansion. But can you also imagine China’s new entrepreneurs standing by while some old bureaucrats plunge the country into war?

They are going to take some good jobs. Just as Honda and Toyota took jobs and money from Detroit. But that shift also revitalized manufacturing productivity worldwide and created this country’s second largest trading partner.

Some feared Europe’s ascension, but today it their faltering that’s causing political fear and economic hardship. If the situation were changed and China instead of Europe matched our GDP, then China reverting to its GDP of today would surely cause similar economic disaster. Yet we fear the opposite – that over the next five years China will grow it’s GDP to match ours.

Silicon Valley “steals” jobs from Seattle. Students in Boston make college admission harder for my kids. Tennessee “steals” manufacturing jobs from around the country. But do we want any of those things to stop?

More is more. It’s not a zero sum game. The rise of China is scary, while debt trouble in Europe sends markets reeling. Maybe we’re worrying a bit too much.

What’s with the name?

One hurdle to starting a blog was figuring out the name. And whether to buy a domain, etc. I figured I’d get started with this.

I get my thing in action (Verb!)
To be, to sing, to feel, to live (Verb!)
(That’s what’s happenin’)

I put my heart in action (Verb!)
To run, to go, to get, to give (Verb!)
(You’re what’s happenin’)

That’s where I find satisfaction, yeah! (Yeah!)
To search, to find, to have, to hold
(Verb! To be bold)
When I use my imagination (Verb!)
I think, I plot, I plan, I dream
Turning in towards creation (Verb!)
I make, I write, I dance, I sing
When I’m feeling really active (Verb!)
I run, I ride, I swim, I fly!
Other times when life is easy
(Oh!) I rest, I sleep, I sit, I lie.

(Verb! That’s what’s happenin’)
I can take a noun and bend it,
Give me a noun –
(Bat, boat, rake, and plow)
Make it a verb and really send it!
(Show me how)
Oh, I don’t know my own power. (Verb!)

I get my thing in action (Verb!)
In being, (Verb!) In doing, (Verb!)
In saying
A verb expresses action, being, or state of being. A verb makes a statement. Yeah, a verb tells it like it is!

(Verb! That’s what’s happenin’.)
I can tell you when it’s happenin’,
(Past, present, future tense)
Ooh! Tell you more about what’s happenin’,
(Say it so it makes some sense)
I can tell you who is happenin’!
(Verb, you’re so intense)
Every sentence has a subject.
(Noun, person, place, or thing)
Find that subject: Where’s the action?
(Verb can make a subject sing)
Take the subject: What is it? (What!)
What’s done to it? (What!)
What does it say?
(Verb, you’re what’s happenin’)

I can question like: What is it?
(Verb, you’re so demanding.)
I can order like: Go get it!
(Verb, you’re so commanding.)
When I hit I need an object
(Verb, hit! Hit the ball!)
When I see, I see the object
(Do you see that furthest wall?)

If you can see it there, put the ball over the fence, man!
Go ahead. Yeah, alright.
What?! He hit it. It’s going, it’s going, it’s gone!

(What!)

I get my thing in action.
(Verb, that’s what’s happenin’)
To work, (Verb!)
To play, (Verb!)
To live, (Verb!)
To love… (Verb!…)