Thursday Haiku: Shadows by millions

I gave up my star

For sand, dust, pebbles, rocks, corn

Shadows by millions

You know one of the things kaizen is good for is increasing the quantity of your production. In my case I was quite concerned about two things: how much time I should run and how many posts I should publish.

Somehow, I was envisioning slowly raising both counts. Which is good. Problem is, where’s the limit? Kaizen is about continuous improvement, right? Yet does that mean a continuous increase in production? The question seemed a challenge to kaizen, indeed to any productivity method or system until I realized a simple truth:

It’s productivity, stupid, not production.

The quantity of the posts of my blog is perfect the way it is now. From 12 to 21 posts a month. I know problogger recommends at least 2 a day, but I am not making a living out of my blog. I want to be a writer, and a day has just so many hours. I have friends and family too, people I should care for, and even an online role playing game I “game-master”.

I cannot allow my blogging become an addiction, nor twist kaizen into the ultimate addiction machine.

No, I’m rather going to work on this blog quality. And then, when I raise it, then and only then I can consider increasing its output. Yet, to be fully honest, I think its rate of posts per month is perfect the way it is now.

Perfect?

Am I being a little arrogant here? No. Perfection just mean matching an ideal. The quantitative ideal of this blog is 12 to 21 posts per month. It is perfect right now.

Let’s suppose you own a car factory. Is this the right time to increase production? Unless your brand is particularly lucky, probably not. If you increase it, you will only increase your loses. At any given time you have to find your perfection, and meet it.

Still going for my star

So, once I have reached perfection in the quantity of my posts -yes, I’m feeling optimistic today- I am going to concentrate in the quality of my posts and my blog.

And you, should you work more or better?

Wisdom & Life

Nature never forgives.

When I was a Salesian postulant I lived with this fat, veteran priest of wide laughing mouth, quick wits and ample skills. He could preside a Mass as easy as managing a school or organizing a music show for the kids, down to fix the illumination. Sneaky, shrewd like a serpent he guided me through a short cut to “run faster” than some boastful teens. But there is something I remember of him, more than anything else, a quote.

God always forgive,

Man sometimes,

Nature never.

I was expecting some deep philosophy.

None of such. He used that quote to remind us, “boys” (to him) to be careful. In fact to dispel any doubts he completed the quote with an explanation:

Kick a rock, then tell it you are sorry, it will hurt all the same.

You know some teens act as if they were immortal. Not us, true?

Wrong: Bad Habits hurt you too.

It would be great if too much chocolate meant some savage pain. Or what about those cholesterol powered, excuses for a real burger, that are served in fast food cantinas(1) worldwide? They should deliver instant pain and a thrill to dash for the rest room.

But they don’t, so we are responsible.

I’m not telling you not to ever eat a strudel again. Far from it. Just don’t make it a bad habit, because – this I do tell you, they will not forgive you. Go tell that donut you are sorry, see what doesn’t happen.

Kerry