Perpetually Unfinished
Monday, May 22, 2006

Breaking Through
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I've been pretty busy lately-- by design. I got sick of seeing my weeks and months disappear with nothing to show for them, so I decided to try a new strategy, committing myself to doing all sorts of things in hopes that the pressure would actually get me in gear.

It's working relatively well, actually. I'm not completely on top of everything I'm doing, but I'm actually accomplishing things, so I'm pleased. I've finally started volunteering, which is what I'm most proud of-- I'm teaching an ESL class, which is extremely challenging but seems to be going okay. I'm also in a writing group, which means I'm producing new short fiction every other week (and actually expanding my social circle for the first time in a while). I wrote an article for the Protest last issue. I continue to try to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

I've also started a new blog, which is partly to blame for my woeful lack of posting here. (Only partly, considering my obvious ability to avoid posting with no such excuse.) Posting to attract a readership of strangers based on the content and quality of my writing is a very different experience than a personal blog like this one. I'm having a lot of fun with it-- and posting twice a week or more, would you believe it? Anyway, I'm blogging psuedonymously there, so I won't post a link to it. But I'd be glad to share it with you if you're interested; just send an e-mail or leave a comment and ask.

So, yeah. I've been getting stuff done. Of course, I've been getting a lot less done than I intend (including writing in this blog), so there's a lot of that stressful oh-no-I'm-behind-on-all-these-things-I-committed-to-do-and-I'll-never-catch-up feeling, which is not at all pleasant. But I still like it more than the dreadful soul-sucking knowledge that I'm accomplishing nothing at all, so it's a fair trade. (Although I'm looking forward to the day when I don't have to deal with either.)

I'll try to be back again soon. Really.
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Nature attains perfection, but man never does. There is a perfect ant, a perfect bee, but man is perpetually unfinished. He is both an unfinished animal and an unfinished man. It is this incurable unfinishedness which sets man apart from other living things. For, in the attempt to finish himself, man becomes a creator. Moreover, the incurable unfinishedness keeps man perpetually immature, perpetually capable of learning and growing.
--Eric Hoffer

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