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On the Clock from the Day We're Born

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Ideas on pursuing our individual dreams, not the dreams of others. Learning to hear our inner voice t
 

Just Rolling with It

February 3 · Issue #82 · View online
Pursuing our dreams, not theirs.

Ideas on pursuing our individual dreams, not the dreams of others. Learning to hear our inner voice to guide us toward them, while filtering out the noise of modern society’s dream pushers.

Hi,
My wife and I enjoyed the luxury of a bike riding day date in a sunny and warmer Manhattan today. We cruised around to the flower district, High Line and few other spots.
Here’s what it looked like 👇
Morning Ride - Chris Remus - #JustRollingWithIt's 14.5 mi bike ride
As we passed through the West Village, a tall man in black trench coat caught my eye. He was crossing a busy intersection in the opposite direction.
He looked like he had something to say.
Then he said it. He said it loudly, projecting his voice over the ambient Sunday midday NYC soundtrack. I was dismissing what he was about to say before he said it.
Then he said it.
“We’re on the clock from the day we’re born.
They see us and want to use us.
We’d better be useful.”
Whoaaa… I wasn’t able to dismiss him. What he said actually connected deeply with me.
I looked at Yelena and said, “I like this guy.” She responded by saying, “I think you found a new friend.” I told her he just gave me material for this week’s newsletter 😉
I feel like he summarized a lot of my Just Rolling with It thinking in these three sentences.
Therapy has helped me realize how destructive working on the clock is for me. It started at an early age, working on a clock in jobs I couldn’t wait to end.
I structure much of the work I do now to avoid working on the clock. The shift has helped me allow the work I do.
I’m looking for a graceful way to end this issue. I can’t seem to find it.
Actually, repeating the three lines to close the issue feels about right.
So here they are again 👇
“We’re on the clock from the day we’re born.
They see us and want to use us.
We’d better be useful.”
How do these lines resonate with you, if at all? Let me know by responding directly to the email.
Catch you next week,
Chris
Semi-Random Thoughts
A number of you have responded to past issues over the past 6 weeks. I haven’t forgotten about your responses and hope to respond soon. Thank you for spending your attention and time responding. Your feedback is a big motivator for me to keep writing this newsletter.
I’m trying to integrate a better system into my workflow that would allow me to respond in a more timely way. In the meantime, my gratitude for your patience 🙏
The idea of building a cabin in the woods is starting to emerge in my consciousness. It’s not going away. Stay tuned for more on that. Oh, and if this is an interest of yours and/or you’ve actually done it, please let me know!
Current Reading List
The Cabin Porn Book
The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan by Andy Couturier
Music of the Week
Tempo (1-19-19) by Crue Paris | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Podcast of the Week
How People Power Generates Change | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com
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