Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
“Look, I'm not asking much,” my acquaintance said. “It'll only take you an hour or so. It's just time.”
I often get this. Usually from people who want something. Usually something I'm not too keen on doing. Not just because they don't want to pay for it, which is sometimes the case, but also because, 100% of the time, it doesn't interest me.
Yes, only time. That once gone is gone forever.
I wasn't always so conscious about the ephemeral nature of our existence, but, as old age approaches, I've become rather disinclined to wasting time myself and more so to allowing other people to waste mine. I've realized that if I don't value my own time, nobody else is going to. I've also realized that I don't have unlimited quantities of it, and that I do have a number of things, important and meaningful to me, that I need to be spending my equally limited energy on.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I just read ‘Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People’ on the Harvard Business Review. It left me with the same impression I received after reading ‘The Communist Manifesto’ - not that I’m comparing the two - that the writer hadn’t spent too much time with actual humans.
It is a silly article and the only reason I’m mentioning it is that many of the comments are excellent and worth reading.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I became aware of the whole issue of personality development in my late teens. It was never anything that really mattered before that. Yes, I often did hear that I could do with improved manners, but nobody suggested an entire overhauling of the machinery. But in college it was suddenly something everyone was talking about. People read articles and books, watched programs, and attended lectures and classes on developing their personalities, believed them implicitly, and began behaving in rather bizarre ways. Hitherto normal human beings began sprouting, depending on their inclination, corporate or spiritual mannerisms and vocabulary. It was like they had undergone, not development, but a collective rinsing and the brain matter had all run out.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
New young adult illustrations I’m really enjoying working on right now. A set of six, featuring teenagers in college. Sennacherib, by the way, is the name of the café where they all meet.