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The Challenge

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu


Admittedly, this Pye is an obsessive curator of information, a planner, and a lover of maps - all types: geographic, topographic, flow charts, infographics - they all satisfy the need for data and context endlessly feeding an analyst's monkey-mind. The challenge, for a while now, has been to rein in that monkey-mind. While in the canyon, there was the tendency towards claustrophobic thinking. Here at the Wyoming field station, with the sweeping expanses of frozen landscape and sky, processing is stretched beyond limits until the rough edges simply disappear into the ever expanding void.


There is no time for any of this nonsense. No luxury of time to let it all play out. We are on a tight schedule here for a solid plan, one that is viable and sustainable. One hundred days is what we have before the next chapter is due to begin unfolding and

we must leave the WYO field station. With no resources whatsoever, and no paying clients in the queue at this point, that is very little time to pull together something sustainable. Setting the stage for this next chapter will be the launch of a self-imposed 100 Day Challenge, beginning March 1st. Each day this Pye will be producing something (at this point I haven't a clue yet as to the focus), a means of reining in the creative and obsessive mind, putting a bead on something other than the endless and unachievable search for jobs. The effort may generate funds for the next launch, or it may simply serve as a meditative break in the constant state of anxiety. Your guess is as good as mine at this point. It will serve to change direction, to some extent.


One hundred days ... beginning March 1st, ending June 8th. During this time The Pye needs to put a pin in a map, study the charts, raise funds and prepare provisions. Let the next adventure begin ....


image source: Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash

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