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INSIGHT: Can This Week Be Interrupted?

Peter Nicholson

Necessary Diversions
Summer is my high season. Writing these paragraphs every week before work hours requires discipline. I feel constant pressure to be doing something more urgent. I've been producing these micro essays for so long that I take the self-reflective process they involve for granted. I'm constantly surprised at how little opportunity people have to step back and consider "the how" of their work. We're too often consumed by the doing, and therein lies the problem. While I'm always glad to learn that others appreciate these reflections, I write them to force myself - and sometimes that's what it seems to take - to step back and consider what's going on from a slightly larger perspective, however briefly. If my work isn't smarter for it (and with sustainability challenges we need all the intelligence we can get!), then at least I'm approaching it with a modicum of greater self-awareness, if not insight, which is kind of its own reward.