Knowing

You already know
What you need to be doing
And it isn’t this

A haiku about self-care

Making time

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

George Elliot

Life Advice From 1980’s Computer Magazines

30 years ago I saw this advice in the computing magazine that was delivered to our house each month:

I was already familiar with the game, and I knew it was right: When you’re playing Moebius: The Orb of Celestial Harmony and you enter a fortress, the guards are easier to fight hand-to-hand.

I was intrigued by the counterintuitive feel of the advice. If you have a long sharp sword, and you’re good with it, wouldn’t that always be the best choice? Then I imagined trying to swing a sword in a narrow hallway. Perhaps something more intimate, and easier to control, was right after all.

For years after I read that silly, unremarkable sentence in that gaming magazine, it bubbled up randomly in different situations. I generalized the idea: When you enter a confined space, don’t waste effort trying to keep everything at arm’s length — especially people. Switch to something more intimate even if it’s less powerful. The trick is recognizing when you need to switch modes.

Recently I got ahold of a bunch of ancient issues of a defunct magazine called Family Computing, and fed them into a sheet-fed automatic scanner. Flicking through the pages, I found more pieces of worthy life advice. May they guide you on your journeys!

Very important to know when you’re a young person at a party, or when some jerk decides to pick on you!

Paths

It is up to us whether we subordinate ourselves to god, nature, or other persons.

A saying I made up, then printed out and taped over my desk, in high school

Memory

“You shall forget these things, toiling in the household,
You shall remember them, droning by the fire,
When age and forgetfulness sweeten memory
Only like a dream that has often been told
And often been changed in the telling.  They will seem unreal.
Human kind cannot bear very much reality.”

-T. S. Eliot