Since I am consistently posting 17 Beats to this space again – here’s some cut/paste from a conversation I recently had with a friend…..
.…..sometimes lately i tell David – I’m gonna dump that blog entirely. just take it down. but – I also don’t want to lose what it holds . And so. I just keep putting stuff there and letting it be. I also told David the other night that I sorta hate the 17 beats cause it takes me way more time than you’d think and a lot of them are just dumb. I’d rather work on a puzzle or read during that time. He said, yeah…but you’re creating something and I think you need to do that. And…..I think he’s right somehow. I do like doing the beats for the way it makes me pay attention in a slightly different way than when I am not writing beats. I pretty much always pay attention – it’s my way of being in the world now. But when I’m writing beats I’m spending more time examining varieties of angles of that attention. Whatever I end up writing down may not actually be the thing that I take with me from that work. There’s a loooooot of shaping of me that goes on behind that work, and the stupid sentence that I manage to get out in 17 beats often doesn’t really hold it – though it always does touch it somehow.
And so…..once again here I am, using 17 Beats as a net for catching my days.