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Sunday, June 30, 2019

6/30/19 RMB Pursuit of the Solution

6/30/19 RMB Pursuit of the Solution

Dear Rita Mae Brown,
My bookshelf overflows with titles promising the answers to problems that persist.

They are:
The Big Thing: How to Complete your Creative Project… by Phyllis Korkki
21 Secrets of Million Dollar Sellers by Stephen J. Harvill
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of being Productive… by Charles Duhigg
Better than Before: Mastering the Habits… by Gretchen Rubin
A People’s Guide to Publishing by Joe Biel
Leap of Perception by Penney Peirce
Listful Thinking by Paula Rizzo         

And for fun, distraction and the study of fiction, depending on the day, I also have:
The Purrfect Murder by the one and only Rita Mae Brown
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Some are audio books in my car for the daily commute, others are audio books on my phone for long walks, or ebooks for when I wait in line at the bank and during my lunch breaks. Others are actual, physical, page turning books. Most are from the wonderful San Diego County Library.

Here is the thing. Friends will point out that I have the skills I seek to learn, the list making, goal setting, life improvement, and writing skills. Yet my frustration remains in the differences of who I am and who I’d like to be. My friends understand this part. Many of us face this quandary.

It seems having the knowledge and ability, is not the solution to getting from here to there. Yet, in my pursuit of that solution, I feel the books draw me nearer to it, as does at times, the whisper of the trees, the beauty of the sunset, and the companionship of the dog.

Someplace in between the lines, drifting above the surface of my moments, close enough to reach for, but thus far just out of my grasp, are the answers I crave. And in searching for them I am coming to know that the pursuit is in part, for me anyway, as important as the discovery of those answers.

Enjoying the first week of summer,

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