Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where Will Today Take You?

Good morning!

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Yay! It's a brand new day!", right?

What day is it?

Doesn't matter. Today is a new one.

So, what are you going to do with it?

Have you thought about that? I mean, I know you've thought about what you have to do today, but have you thought about what you're going to let this day do for you? Where will this day take you? How will it get you there? How might this day conspire with yesterday and tomorrow to do something truly synergistic?

What's that? You say that a day doesn't have a mind of its own, that it can't just take you somewhere, that someone's got to drive the day?


Who will drive your day? Will it be your boss, your kids, your partner, your mom, your dad?

I'd like to nominate you. How about it? How about you driving your day to where you want to go?

To be clear, it doesn't mean that you have to cancel those meetings you scheduled (though you might consider canceling or delaying one or two). It doesn't mean that you won't pick up the kids after school (though you might get a neighbor to do that for you). It doesn't mean that you won't cook dinner (though maybe tonight's a good night to order pizza). Nope, you can do everything you planned to do and yet have the day take you somewhere different than if you hadn't been driving it.

Perhaps you'll lead a conspiracy of days that will result in you being in better condition? Perhaps you'll drive towards writing a book or painting a picture or cleaning a closet.

Over the upcoming weeks I'll be leading a conspiracy of days in the northern US. The goal is to increase the size of the day, to make it stronger and longer. Each day is contributing about two minutes of additional light. Day by day, it doesn't seem like much, but it adds up. Before you know it, the days will be as long as the nights, longer even.

Increased length is only the beginning. As the days lengthen, they will increase in warmth, degree by degree. Due to variance, some days may step back and while others step farther ahead. However, an analysis based on mean-regression lets me know that day by day, it'll get warmer. The increased warmth will cause all sorts of phenomena, and yet, for all this to happen, each day only needs to contribute about two minutes of additional light with no thought of warmth required.

That's just a small example of what a day can do with minimal effort but unvarying intent.

What will you do with your day?

Happy Tuesday,

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