#Blig #Blog #Blug : your doughy articles are maybe great, and vice versa

ONE

André Gide was in his seventies during the war; he explains in his diary that he was writing a weekly chronicle for a French newspaper, thus he HAD to write. As an experienced writer, he managed to do it, but he explains his surprise, because some articles were very slowly and painfully written, or some articles seemed absurd for him because terribly trivial & obvious. But he had to hand in his paper…

These two kinds, he says, were considered fabulous and the best of the best, etc, by the audience.

TWO

I read Bill Bruford‘s autobiography. He was the great drummer of Yes or King Crimson. He explains that some concerts were a mystery to him, because when the team on stage felt it was great and magic, it was obviously NOT the public’s opinion. And on the contrary, some lukewarm or boring performances triggered tears of joys and fantastic reviews in the newspaper the day tomorrow. So WTF…

THREE

You bloggers know this pattern by heart :

  1. Some days you’re happy with an article, and you get just a couple of likes and no comments. Dang!
  2. Some days, it’s very hard to finish, you’re slow, doughy and grey, and you get truckloads of emotion, congrats and joy and you feel like a hen who found panties.

FOUR : Why?

Obviously, because we don’t understand the effects what we do have on others – but I love to make it more Chinese :

Because we focus on “Why” and “How”. And we forget to imagine the “Where” and “When”. Mmhhh?

 

Conclusion : 

Write, write, and write. It’s an exercise, it’s good : maybe some people will hate it or like it, but who knows? Not you! If it triggers one idea in one head, it’s perfect. You’ll never know. Just work. Go on. You’re good!

 

Have a nice day!

 

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Thinker’s Diary : Words Snack

What’s near your bed?

  • A good novel you’re keenly reading every evening
  • A pile of cuddly comforting comics (Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes)
  • A magazine in your comfort zone (movies, classical music, food, (or knives and fast cars?))

 

The “Print Disease” is when you HAVE to read what’s around

If like me you have this illness (printed words feed you), you need to have fast light things near your pillow. Like a snack of words, right? Just in case of insomnia, for example…

There are many ways to have “short things”. Very easy novels. Old comics. Archipelago philosophy. Quotes collection. Poetry. Correspondence books…

I have all these, and diaries.

Thinkers, writers, photographers, directors, politics? Many personalities wrote their diary. Sometimes it’s published, even after author’s death.

As a book unearther, I have the tendency to pick up everything diary-ish. It’s a superpower, in a way : you just open the author’s mind and see him/her think.

 

Yesterday I was with Gide (1869-1951), reading some diary pages of 1941. I found this (my translation) :

 

An opinion begins to bother me as soon as I can take advantage of it.

 

I had to stop reading, opened mouth.

“What?!”

That was obvious to me – so why being bothered by? What if he was right, and where, and how, and why? Here you go : you have two hours.

 

The danger of having words snacks near your bed (even Peanuts : Charlie Brown is a pretty good philosopher) is to find interesting things in the middle of the night. Therefore “Hello insomnia I embrace you” : you’ll never go back to sleep. So there!

 

Have a nice week-end!

Jean-Pascal

 

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Amazement & Learning : Chronicle 12

It is when you have tried and failed that you are truly able to surrender. Though you fail time and again, you continue to try until, finally, there comes a point when you accept your failure; you fully experience and understand your incapacity to move forward. It is at that point that you surrender. So keep trying. That ultimate sense of failure must come to everyone, either today or tomorrow.”

Sri Mata Anandamayi

I love this quote, which seems to say that this “surrender” is, in fact, the answer : once you reached this, you surrender, you let go : you can go on another path. Try another thing, of another “nature”.

There’s an article to write, here. “Insist until you know your fail, until you’re done”. On purpose. Then consider your other options. Which are awaiting, probably.

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I remember a great conversation about teaching. This activity is VERY interesting to think about. There are so many questions you can ask a new teacher!

Flipped classrooms, Theory of multiple intelligences, of course, but also about discipline, how you “hold” a classroom, how you watch kids, what are the differences between countries. And this : do you sometimes use “amazement” to get kids to understand, or just keep following you?

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There are some letters… I find it wise not to send them.

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Gide in his diary tells about drunk people arguing :

– “I tell you I don’t need you.”
– “Perhaps not… But you need… not to need… me.”

Thanks for reading!

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