Simple doesn’t equal quality…


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Oh for the boundless energy of youth.

I realized last night, after picking up the boys and then coming home that I am no longer young. The past two nights (after long weekends of unpacking) I have sat down on the couch for a 5 minute pre- unpacking break only to fall asleep.

I used to be able to run on 4 hours of sleep and catch up on the occasional lazy weekend. Now, I am exhausted mentally during the week and physically by the end of the weekend.

Oh for the boundless energy of youth.

The boys are entering (not gracefully) the silent rebellion of their teen years. The transition from their parents being smarter has begun. Now they are smarter (just ask them). So they tacit or silent agree to do things with a forced “OK” and then of course being smarter realize that the things they have been asked to do are not really needed so they don’t do them.

As Bill Cosby said “All children have brain damage.” The corollary to that is they have brain damage until suddenly they don’t. That “don’t usually” occurs sometime around the first time they can’t pay rent or when they have their first child. Either way it goes away eventually.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the biography of Steve Jobs, I highly recommend it. Growing up during that time period I found a number of points of connection with where he was at various times. It mirrors nicely the concepts argued in the book “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.” Simple doesn’t equal quality but quality shouldn’t be hard.

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Scott Andersen

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