Today, try to be the person your dog believes you are. That’s a tall order! But just try. They believe you can do it. Who are you to say they’re wrong?
It took a long time before I realized that construction is a two-step process. It’s not about building something which looks good. That’s way too hard and takes too long. It’s about building something which serves its purpose in the simplest way possible, then building the simplest possible layer on top which can make it look good.
When I was learning to paint, I told my partner I was thinking of building a box. “To put the paintings in,” I explained.
There’s such a thing as too predictable, and such a thing as not predictable enough.
When I get down to really focused work, I mutter like a madman. I stare into the middle distance and mouth arcane syllables. If I’m really into it I start making inscrutable hand gestures. To a bystander it looks a little like I’m performing a ritual, or sending a nefarious secret message to a nearby invisible warlock.
Learn what came before.
When I was a kid, I was very shy. I remember being at a party with a friend of mine and a few other kids I wasn’t close with. They were all making dumb, kid-type jokes with each other about some subject, who even remembers. Farts, probably. I was saying nothing because I was convinced I had nothing to contribute.
Bees don’t know how to make hexagons. When bees make honeycomb, they stand in one place and spin around in a circle building up a wall of wax around them. The surprisingly precise hexagons happen because that’s the shape a bunch of circles made of wax turn into when you smoosh them all together as tightly as possible.
It is an immutable law of humanity that some days will be good, and some days will be bad.
You can’t control what people say about you.