Now our book. It’s coming along, a bit slowly, but that’s ok. We need to take our time with it, really manipulate each evolvement. Once we discuss each one in detail, the real writing can begin. It may be a few months, nothing really, when we consider the bigger picture.
A Dearth of Substance
The writing above is taken from our journals, 10/1/2006. I find it both touching and laughable. Touching in that we were writing a book together with pens and paper, laughable in that we had so little to say. Sure everyone has a story to tell, as most bloggers will urge, but some stories are simply better than others. It would have been an unforgivable crime to subject anyone to such a dreadfully boring tale as our story up to 2006. We worked a lot, we ate a lot, we liked the Houston Rockets a lot. There you have it and hopefully I expressed in so few words that you hadn’t enough time to fall asleep.
As an example of waiting until you have something worth saying, Brahms was 43 when he composed his first symphony and it took between 14 and 21 years to complete depending on the source. It turned out spectacularly well, hailed as one of the greatest first, or any for that matter, symphonies ever composed. And this under the shadow of Beethoven’s towering reputation. Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op, 68 is still routinely performed in concert halls all over the world along side the symphonies of Beethoven and Mozart.
We could say and write whatever we liked, but what of the quality of that material? How was our story going to help anyone or even be an agreeable alternative to Dancing With the Stars? What would make us want to read our own material without a drowsy yawn?
The word evolvement from our journals refers to ten big changes we had made in our thinking from reading a few books such as Gerry Spence’s Seven Simple Steps to Personal Freedom: An Owner’s Manual for Life orLive What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life by Robert and Melinda Blanchard and discussing them. It was a start, but we had overlooked diet, fitness, finances, fun and overall purpose. And we had plenty more reading to do. I had opened up my guitar studio, but it was less than robust. Tammy was still trying to escape the public schools and we were unsure how she was going to do it. Our journals took the place of actual face time because we were working opposite hours. In some cases journaling about what we wanted and what we thought, took the place of action. Although it is nice to have our words written where we can draw from them, actual shared experiences are still much preferred.
When we began to put thoughts into action and do the hard work of transforming ourselves, by addressing all of our short comings and not just the low hanging fruit, then our story began to be share-worthy.
You may want to check out Tammy’s guest post on 4020 Vision this week.