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Rats Racing in the Spin Cycle


Just Rolling with It

February 10 · Issue #83 · 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.

The rat race is commonly accepted today. It’s accepted as a foregone conclusion as if it’s destined to trap us in it.
When did this happen?
When did the rat race become accepted?
When did we begin thinking the rat race was destined to trap us?
Somewhere along the way, society, or at least mainstream society, decided it was OK for the rat race to trap us.
Is it a way of accepting this is the best we can ever be?
Actually, my sense is it’s the spin cycle that made the rat race acceptable. The spin cycle’s the proverbial carrot on a stick.
The donkey pulling the cart catches just enough of the carrot to believe catching the whole carrot is achievable. Yet the reality is that the carrot is just far enough out of reach that the donkey will continue grasping for it forever. It will never get the whole carrot.
The rat race carrot is The Dream. The Dream Pushers perpetuate the spin cycle message.
The spin cycle tells us that IF we try JUST a LITTLE HARDER, we’ll achieve The Dream.
Then IF we manage to get a LITTLE CLOSER, the spin cycle changes the dream. The change looks like a more expensive this and/or a bigger that. The Dream keeps changing, staying ever so slightly out of reach.
Just Rolling with It is about getting out of the rat race and breaking the spin cycle. We do this by pursuing our dreams, not the carrot on the stick Dream.
What do you think? Is it possible to get out of the rat race and break the spin cycle? Why or why not?
Let me know by replying directly to this email.
Catch you next week,
Semi-Random Thoughts
I released my first app to the App Store recently. I’m feeling excited about this! It’s a side project that’s been stuck in my consciousness for a couple of years. I was finally able to focus attention on it starting last November, to push it through to release.
The app’s called Callcard Connect. It’s a simple and awkward-free way to exchange contact info with someone you meet. I’ve shared early versions with people along the way. They’ve responded favorably to it.
If you’ve ever found yourself fumbling with your phone to exchange contact info with someone, losing business cards or never getting around to adding them to your contacts, check-out Callcard Connect. Please let me know what you think if you do and thanks 🙏
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
Dj Aakmael - Been A While... by Aakmael (Unxpozd) | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Podcast of the Week
Reboot Podcast Episode #97 - An Act of Grace - with Grace Belangia
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