Whoo-ooo-wee! What is that stench?! Somebody get me a paper bag stat! Old words, old post, old ideas. Damn this blog reeks of stagnation. Where the hell is the “edge” of/to anything lately? Alright, the question is rhetorical but there actually is an explanation. But is there anyone who wants to hear it? Do I care? At the moment not really. There will be someone somewhere that may get something out of the words that show up at this blog periodically and that’s good enough for me. Enough deflection – back to the question: “what has happened to the edge?”
(Got to do it Lenn, bear with me baby). Timeline(s). You know, the groove of your life. The place in the record album the needle falls into automatically because the song’s been playing for so-o long.**
If you are lucky you haven’t gotten tired of your song but what happens when that once pleasant little melody begins to ever so slowly sound like fingernails scraping on a chalkboard or Yoko Ono suddenly shows up on backup vocals(what was up with that Lars?! James?! Huh?!) How do you remove heavy vinyl from an ancient turntable with an arm that won’t budge even with the mightiest of go-go juices? ( WD-40)
I cannot speak of timelines without referencing The Wakefield Doctrine, the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers. If you have visited the Wakefield Doctrine blog then you are already familiar with the premise that each of us views the world predominantly in one of 3 ways – as a clark, a scott or a roger. The other 2 ways in which to view the world for most people are more or less latent tendencies. Those of us (clarks mostly) interested in self development/understanding, with a desire to achieve success in various sectors of life and the secret to the universe in general, try to incorporate those other 2 ways of viewing the world in a more fluid way so as to achieve more easily (fill in the blank). Yes, “fill in the blank”. It should be so easy.
(Man, I thought writing this post would be easy). I was reflecting on the notion that if I simply performed a few tasks each day that were outside my comfort zone, outside of what has become my “routine” then maybe I could facilitate a tiny little shift in my present timeline. Well, that’s kinda sorta the thing I need to do. What I came to realize was that the nature of these “tasks” must be of a magnitude as to cause a knot in the pit of my pretty little clarklike stomache. And, it requires donning a certain scottian “suit” more often than not. (I am confident I will know when it is appropriate to go rogerian.)
(Yo, Lunchbox! Grab me some asprin will ya?) Shifting a timeline takes a little more than a “few tasks”. But it is like learning any new thing: practice makes perfect. All the while we struggle with challenging what is, we begin to build a foundation upon which to lay a life riff so seamless, so perfect it goes completely unnoticed as anything but part of what has always been.
**borrowed from clark, author and Progenitor at the Wakefield Doctrine