Context

Day 060 Week 08 Q1 Friday, March 1, 2024

As we approach March, we are about to experience significant changes in our context. In just 10 days, we will transition to Daylight Savings Time, gaining an extra hour of daylight in the evening. This is a substantial shift that will impact our daily routines. Following this, another 10 days later, we will welcome spring on the vernal equinox. These changes, initiated by society and nature, respectively, are crucial as they mark the transition from one season to another. In the coming weeks, we will witness the landscape transforming as the trees fill out with leaves, symbolizing the arrival of spring.

These external context changes can have varying amounts of impact depending on where you live. Inland  New England has starkly differentiated seasons in comparison to mid-coastal California. Then there are the specific structures we live in, who we live with, where we work, who we work with, and what we do. So, many different cascaded contexts affect our lives. 

As creative outliers, we tend to be susceptible to these streams flowing into and around our lives. Yet, as creative outliers, we also. have a greater ability to alter and change the set of contexts we are subject to. Change agents are not noted for being unchanging. We tend to rock the boat, and if we are fortunate, those around us even expect us to do this somewhat regularly. In my case, when I used to work at Bose Corporation in research, they even changed my title to manager of new ventures and told me to figure out how to impedance match myself to the universe. I guess, fortunately, they understood who I was better than I did, and I am now grateful, although I was not at the time.

The context we carry around inside our heads is even more important than the external ones. Our self-talk talk dominates, so what we believe and tell ourselves is the critical context. Do we feel we have value? Do we feel seen, appreciated, and loved? Do we think we are doing the right things for us and those around us? Do we have routines that remind us what we need to do and how we need to do it? Do we take the time to get calibrated in the morning to be more ready to greet the day? Or do we feel this may be a luxury reserved for those who are retired or do not have offspring or other familial obligations?

All of us have degrees of freedom in our lives, and how we embrace them varies so much as a matter of context. Even the number of degrees of freedom we have is a context that can be chosen. The tools we choose to use, ignore, or master can be a large part of the contexts we live within.

Try to remember that you have more control over your context than anyone else. And exercise that control.