Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Perseverance furthers

You’ve got a brilliant mind, but you’ll never get anywhere in life because you’re a lazy fuck-wit.

So said Carson Bergstrom, my old eighteenth century literature professor, and author of the nattily titled The Rise of New Science Epistemological, Linguistic and Ethical Ideals and the Lyric Genre in the Eighteenth Century, setting me a fine example as he crashed my housemate’s birthday party, showing up out of nowhere at 3a.m., pissed out of his mind.

How unerringly accurate that turned out to be. Carson, you had me pegged from day one, old pal.

• My script progress has stalled.

• Blog entries have become uninspired, and are dwindling.

• I’m experiencing a complete lack of motivation at work.

• And a distinct lack of joy in life.

• All in all, my general physical and existential well being are currently in question.

Oracle - how can I get my buzz back?

Hexagram 53: Development (Gradual Progress)

Is given in marriage.
Good fortune.
Perseverance furthers.

The development of events that leads to a girl’s following a man to his home proceeds slowly. The various formalities must be disposed of before the marriage can take place. This principle of gradual development can be applied to other situations as well; it is always applicable where it is a matter of correct relationships of co-operation, as for instance in the appointment of an official. The development must be allowed to take its proper course. Hasty action would not be wise. This is also true, finally, of any effort to exert influence on others, for here too the essential factor is a correct way of development through cultivation of one’s own personality. No influence such as that exerted by agitators has a lasting effect.

With the personality too, development must follow the same course if lasting effects are to be achieved. Gentleness that is adaptable, but at the same time penetrating, is the outer form that should proceed from inner calm.

The very gradualness of the development makes it necessary to have perseverance, for perseverance alone prevents slow progress from dwindling to nothing.

Not exactly a direct answer, but damn, that book knows its stuff. Thank you, Oracle; once again you have cut through the soft-shit of my poorly phrased address, and told me exactly what I need to know in this moment.

Truly, I don’t know how you do it.

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  1. And I should be working instead of reading this.

  2. I should market myself as a procrastination aid. Sort of like a Fleshlight but...ew, not.

    Keep comin', fellas.

  3. A wise man once told me:

    "...momentum is just as easy to pick up again as it was to lose in the first place..."


    And right back at ya.

  4. Damn, caught in a word-web of my own making!

  5. "How can I get my buzz back?"


    Do that which you most fear.