artirado1There's work to do. I woke at 12:35 am today and could have gotten up, but made myself fall back asleep, waking again at a slightly more reasonable 3:40. I've known for years that my energy level is highly project-dependent. Goal-dependent is actually a better umbrella term. The idea is a close cousin to what has been coined the “open mode” (as opposed to the closed mode) – the mode that creates the most optimal conditions for creativity to occur.
Going home to your wife is a good goal. When I left New York in 1991, my newly ex-employer recommended I make the 2,000 mile drive in four days. But wiser minds don’t always prevail, not when one is a 21 year old male whose brain had 3.5 years left to fully develop. It was on a Sunday in March, 1991, when I picked up the rental car in Islip, NY, drove an hour due east to Bridgehampton, collected my few belongings, turned the car around, and headed west at approximately noon. At some point before I left Long Island, the thought popped into my head: I wonder if I could make the trip in one go? For sure, I’d save a lot of money. But I had more savings in the bank than I’d ever had in my life (and more than I’d have for many years to come) – no, this fledgling idea was probably more about testing my limits and getting home. Could I do it? I knew I could always pull over and take a snooze behind the wheel if necessary. But when I pulled over, it was in front of my destination in Colorado Springs the next evening at 8:30 pm. Somehow, I felt fine, and hadn’t had one moment of drowsiness during the entire trip. I recall needing no extra sleep that night, either (though I didn’t get up at either 12:35 or 3:40 am). For a fuller explanation of a) the open mode, and more on the topics of b) the Anderson Ranch and c) cross country driving, check out my old post “Open (Road) Mode” on my newly re-hatched blog at “artregard.blogspot.com”. #andersonranch #themagickingdomforartists #creativity #work #art #energy #johncleese #roadtrip #donttrythisathomekids #attenzione #menatwork
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