Adjusting the Sails

See also, The Toolbox Fallacy.

I find that I often speak in metaphors. It’s not intentional, necessarily. Sometimes metaphor or a reference to a scene in a movie or a verse in a song or a story conveys meaning far better than a ten thousand words of my own.

Sometimes, just one borrowed line conveys appropriate meaning:

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Not Theodore Roosevelt

As another had remarked, it summarizes and strips away every excuse you have for not doing something.

So, why did I begin this with Adjusting the Sails?

I’ve found that when the wind isn’t going the direction I’d expected, hoped, or planned. It’s time to adjust the sails to weather the continuous metaphorical storms.

I’m adjusting my sails quite significantly and changing my course. I need a sense of meaning… a sense of purpose.

With shaken and shattered confidence in my career field, it’s time to pursue an alternate career.

What do you want to be?

When I was a boy, people would say, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Of course, I hadn’t decided — still haven’t. But, often, I’d ultimately say, “Happy.”

“Oh, no, no…” they’d start, condescendingly, “you didn’t understand the question.”

“And I don’t think you understand life.”

The Toolbox Fallacy

If you wait until x, you can’t do y.

Of if you only had x, then you can do y.

Don’t make excuses for not doing what you want to do. Do it.

The associated post is here. Go read it. Well, read it first. Then watch the video.

Somewhat related, not starting/buying/doing/going until a perfect th’need is available. There’s probably a Fallacy name for that.

It probably falls quite squarely within the Toolbox Fallacy.

In the end, if you make excuses to not do x until a better y is available, then you will always be waiting.

Just do.

Alerts == Interruption


I can see that somebody might set an alert for five or ten minutes before some planned event.

But 75 days, 23 hours, 9 minutes before?! And another only on the 12th of August of 2019?! How is that even plausible?


You know, let’s just delete every future version, then create a new one with no alerts.