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September 2nd, 2005


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03:19 am - Commitment
I've started reading The Pathfinder and have dedicated myself to creating the life I want to live.

I post this here because I want to make this promise to myself a bit more real. You all now have permission to ask me at random times, "How's that thing going?" This will help keep me on track so thanks in advance.

The thing I'm liking about the approach to this issue that the author takes is that he doesn't try to lead you to a big decision. I'm not going to wake up tomorrow, quit my job and throw myself into real estate speculation. Instead, he breaks down the process into nice little chunks and gets you to define what you want in those chunks. Then the chunks build up until you have a big picture of what you're shooting for.

This will be a long-term project, so I'll be scraping along in my current job for another three to six months, I'm guessing, just to keep the bills paid and like that. I'm keeping feelers out for better jobs because I am convinced that three years on the night shift have negatively impacted my health and my relationships. Just getting that part taken care of will be a big step forward.
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From:dreamsewing
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
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So, how's that thing going? ;> hmmm, maybe I should add it to stickies; "send storage payment, ask jbru how's that thing going."

I wonder if I can find it in Japan. As a nation, Japan is going through a career crises as western Mentality finally sinks in and the old economic/familial structures break down. It now has the highest suicide rate for 14-25 year olds and also 40-50 year olds, young ones broken by school fast tracking and olders betrayed by companies droppping loyalty.
So, what do you want to do? with your days, job, freetime? What are you willing to compromise on, what not?
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From:jbru
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Damned literal friends! ;)

Well, the "what I want to do" is still in flux and the answer changes day to day, if not moment to moment. At this point I'm not willing to compromise my health and relationships for my job. My current position has been doing that slowly but surely and it has to stop. So I'm drawing a line there.

Overall, I'm shooting for no compromises to start with. I'm going for perfect and we'll see how close I get. Yay for me!
From:kashma
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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This looks interesting, and I'll have to check it out (of the library).

I applaud you for taking steps to improve how things are going in your life. I had a job that was killing me too, and it took me way too long to realize it. While my current job isn't perfect (when will a job ever be perfect?) it's a great deal better, and I have more energy, feel much more free, and have some ability now to see where I might be going, rather than just trying to get through each day intact.


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