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I’m a Minimalist… So, Why am I Worried About Money?

Minimalism! What a concept! I just realized that the term "Minimalist" might just describe my natural drive to separate myself from the unnecessary.  Not just clutter on bookshelves, but fundamental things. Big things. I made a list of some of the biggies that I...
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Caring

Sitting in a Chicago cafe looking out the window at a young man sweeping the sidewalk. He's getting each and every tiny piece of trash and cigarette butt out of each crack with his small, black broom to get every tiny crumb and fragment of paper. I'm impressed by both...
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Location, Location, Location – Are You Paying Too Much For Your Life?

Let me ask you a question: What's it like where you live? Does where you live inspire you? Why are why not? I thought about this when I heard Steven Chou from MyWifeQuitHerJob.com talking about helping his audience make an extra $1000. "There's a lot of people out...
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Finalizing a Rough Draft Life

It occurred to me that I'm a Rough Draft guy than a Final Draft type. I'm someone who prefers thinking of himself as an idea guy, a concept person but who has trouble digging down to the details. For example, I've come back to edit this post and others months after I...
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Dogged

DoggedI was walking my German Shepherd down the street yesterday and as we moved along we received the usual barrage taunts and arguments from the neighborhood dogs. My dog sometimes took notice, sometimes seemed to ignore, sometimes sniffed and peed.  I, for the most part, tugged her along down the sidewalk.

I am proud of a phrase that I once coined, and which really deserves to be on a bumper sticker: I’d rather live in a world peopled by dogs, than dogged by people. read more…

Making Peace With Todays Roadblocks

Make Peace with RoadblocksSeems I almost always get this intense feeling of dread whenever I have a meeting the following morning with my boss?  Why do I always have this feeling that I am responsible for the whole world and not simply my project. My project isn’t that simple.

I’m always sure that I am expected to be farther along than I am, part the seas, make it right. And of course, I have squandered my time. I’m sure I have made no progress to speak of. With the day of reckoning being tomorrow I fall into deep despair. Is this the Catholic guilt I always hear about. read more…

7 Ways To Not Let Your Job Be An Excuse Not To Live

Don't Let Work Be An ExcuseIt’s a topic that we touch on fairly often at A Day On; how to get back on track and start living the life that we envision, that we yearn for, that is our true destiny. And ironically enough one of the main competitors for our time is often the last place on our schedule that we really “want” to be: our jobs. read more…

6 Rules of Work Life Improvisation

Work Life ImprovisationMost of the descriptions of art that I find satisfying include implicitly or explicitly some mention of improvisation. I love the liberated spirit, and Art (and truly living), by my definition, must break from rote expression or automatomism in order to conceive and realize itself. The artist, thus is the practitioner of living A Life On which consists of living A Day On followed by another and another.

Following are 6 guidelines aimed at facilitating improvisation in Jazz. They also seem to be worthwhile in undertaking a life filled with exploration and discovery. read more…

Artist Looks For Something – Art Happens

Artist Looks For Something - Art HappensI listened to a podcast called “Conversations With Modern Artists” featuring Martin Creed. On it, Creed speaks in a thick Scottish brogue sounding almost apologetic in his attempts to explain answers to questions that are asked.

“I don’t know, you know, I don’t know what I want. I don’t know what I want. But, I do know that I want something. So, I think, that… I mean, I don’t know what I do, because… I can’t know that. But, I think that I just look for what I might find or want. Along the way hopefully… along the way of looking for something, I hope that something gets found. I think that the works are. The work is just something that happens along the way of looking for something. It’s just the way I… well, it’s just the way I say that I look at it.” read more…

Loving Someone Whose Not A Day On

Loving Someone Whose Not A Day OnFrustrations crop up in any relationship. Times when it seems like you “get it” and your significant other simply doesn’t.  Maybe your partner has never read a word of Emerson, Thoreau, Jung or Kerouac.

Maybe they have no desire to get rid of the TV or eventually pay everything off and get off the grid in all the ways that you dream about.  read more…

Quote of the Day

ThoreauThe laboring man, even in this comparatively free country has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreciated in the market. Life’s finer fruits cannot be plucked by him. He has no time to be anything but a machine.

-Thoreau

Sunday Night Fever

Sunday Night FeverI get most of my ideas for A Day On from itches that need to be scratched, but are difficult to reach. The kinds of nagging aches that, if you found a way to soothe you would be that much closer to solving the mysteries of Life. Tonight, a Sunday night, I feel a twinge of despair that comes with knowing that deadlines loom with tomorrow being Monday. read more…

The Curse of Workplace Success

Curse of Workplace SuccessSometimes it happens. You know the scene in the romantic movies when there is every good reason for the heroine or hero to walk out that door into a world full of other possibilities, but then their romantic opposite takes the initiative… changes… does something heretofore out of character. And there’s that dramatic moment of hesitation at the doorway before… turning around walking, trotting, running back into the waiting arms of the other. The bouquet of flowers falling to the ground as the couple enters into a passionate, face-gobbling embrace. Then they begin to spin as the camera circles around them in the opposite direction. read more…

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