Main Entry: sot·to vo·ce

Pronunciation: "sä-tO-'vO-chE
Function: adverb or adjective
Etymology: Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice
1 : under the breath : in an undertone; also : in a private manner
2 : very softly -- used as a direction in music

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

welcome to sotto voce

the long and strong rainy days of summer, unlike most other times of year, a real deluge that brings down trees with thunderous clouds and lightning that always seems to seek out and strike someone as reported on the evening news.

Yet despite all of this, despite our work and those impossible deadlines, let's face it, we love all of it. We love those deadlines, to be driven and to feel that elan of it all as the world spins and as we speed (though not fast, disclaimer) through the tunnel listening to Evan Dando or whatever is floating your boat these days and you get there and get the job done. This is what life is about. I heard it is mostly about just "showing up" and i believe that is more than half the battle. Show up, do your best, maintain your dignity at all times whenever possible and just forget the small stuff, the daily irritations, the gnats that annoy us all and do their best to do so. None of this is worth the trouble. None of it. This much i can promise you. What is imporant is Being There. Be present now, and do your best. You live once that you remember and trite as it sounds or may sound, your friend or mother or whomever was right when they said, Why should anyone be any smarter than you?

It's not to do with smart; it's to do with effort. There are loads of smart people, the problem is, there are few people who are willing to put in the effort it takes to get the job really done. Make that person you.

That's the sotto voce speech of the day or month ~ for now, read on.


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