Before I Start
The longer I’ve kept this post in draft, the more work I’ve been doing to try to edit it to make it sound better than it actually does. And one of the things I dislike about blogging for myself, at least, is when I spend too much time trying to write something that doesn’t really sound like me.
And that’s what this post is in danger of becoming. So forget about it. For the sake of hitting publish, I’m going to share what I have and then go with it. No perfect time like the present to hit publish, I suppose.
Okay, Let’s Go
A couple of weeks ago, I came across the phrase “unalloyed benefit” when reading this post:
No half measures here; ditch your habits without abandon and only add back in the things that contribute an unalloyed benefit to your life.Cal Newport
“Unalloyed benefit,” I thought. And kept thinking. That sounds good. I want that (or at least to aim for that). But here’s the self-deprecating truth: I’d never read those two words together.
- Unalloyed: Complete; unqualified.
- Benefit: Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.
But let me back up for a moment: It’s been a long time – in Internet time, at least – since I’ve written anything here. That’s a bummer for me because it’s something I really enjoy doing.
Further, it’s been a while since I’ve written a a long-form post. Granted, I try not to do that since it either comes off as rambling, too long, or not as interesting. And maybe this is going to be the same or maybe this is the exception or maybe it’s one of those Schrödinger’s posts where it’s both – its state just depends on who you are.
Further, I was going to publish this in September but there’s no real compelling reason to do so. So here it is.Continue reading