The hardest part of any endeavor is beginning it. Many would say that seeing things through is the hard part. I disagree. I think the minimum amount of effort is required to start any task, therefore, it is the most critical component of the path to completion. The irony is that many people thrive on the motivation to complete something due to the forward progress. None of that momentum exists without having begun. When something seems daunting or impossible, just start. Make starting the focus of your thought and energy. Nature supports the theory as well. Watch a bird take flight. The hardest part is the take off. Once it is soaring, it glides and decides when to spend more energy to either remain forward progress or coast. It finds the way forward once flight has been achieved. Treat your goals the same. Take off.

The computer is a very alluring machine, it always tempts you to do one more thing.

– Scott Kim

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Fifteen years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Now, the real world is an escape from the internet.

– Noah Smith


Several months ago, I found this sketch on a small piece of paper tucked behind the lattice wood wall next to my table in Cracker Barrel (a restaurant).

Someone sitting at the table before me had decided to use the rectangular piece of paper that binds the napkin holding the silverware for something wonderful. That person then decided to leave it tucked away for someone to find.

I was so happy to be that person.

I kept it. I wanted to write about it. Then I spilled coffee on it. At first, I was upset that I’d tarnished such a simple joy. Then I realized that the stain only adds more to the item.

Someday I will sketch something on the other side and leave it at a Cracker Barrel for someone else to discover and hopefully enjoy as much as I have.