Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
Americans love Gatsby. We love the idea of a mystery man from nowhere. We want to believe, like Gatsby, that we can invent a persona to fit into our culture.
Gatsby is a story about the lengths we will go to because of shame. Gatsby’s great secret is that there is no Gatsby. An impoverished teenage boy, ashamed of his upbringing and family, invented the character of Jay Gatsby. He then spent his life lying, cheating and stealing to create Gatsby.
Churches often force people to do the same.
- Today is National Bike to Work day. If you’re in Austin, here’s how to get some free swag with your exercise.
- Feedly for iPad has led me to rediscover the beauty of reading blogs (yes, I realize the irony of blogging about this.)
- I’m anxiously looking forward to my church community‘s second annual camp out. Last year’s was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and deserves a blog post of its own.
- In order to prepare for Baz’s reinterpretation of the Jazz age classic, I’m listening to the Jake Gyllenhaal audiobook of The Great Gatsby. It’s just what I need to be reminded of just how far I have to go as a writer. Get it now.
- Austinites should check out the lovely new Quickie Pickie coffee bar/sandwich shop/liquor store, where I’m currently writing this.
- Dan White suggests harps on the value of ordinary things and suggests we redefine success around sustainability.
- Nine Days until Arrested Development season four on Netflix. Check out some cool posters.
Dreams can be daunting. They seem so far off, or even unachievable. When I compare my life today to the ideal I wish I was experiencing, it’s easy to get depressed.
Plans, on the other hand, are actionable, achievable and exciting. We know how they will be executed, how many steps are required and when it will all take place.
The difference between a dream and a plan is knowing what to do next.
The good news is, all you need is to turn your dreams into plans is a Time Traveling Staircase. You don’t need a flux capacitor or a DeLorean, just a good notebook, a quiet place and some time to think. Construct your Time Traveling Staircase with these three steps.
1. Articulate the dream.