Endeavors, Life

When You Can’t Figure Out How to Proceed

During these summer months I have paused work on The Sea Pearl because 1) I was physically busier than normal, 2) a co-author and I resigned unexpectedly from another publication (a long story) and started scrambling for another venue, and 3) I had an ongoing family emergency.

In the meantime, there was a particularly inspiring encounter one evening that gave me an idea . . .

Originally I added it to my home page, thinking it not worthy of an entire post. Regular readers may be unaware that I update that page from time to time and so never go back to see what’s new there. Home page entries usually go the way of the dustbin when it’s time to move on. But this particular entry seemed too good to toss, even if it did not merit a full, polished essay.

If it speaks to you on some level, and you remember later that you saw something you want to revisit, you can return as often as you like to the archives:

When You Can’t Figure Out How to Proceed

If it’s true that only ten percent of people using the Internet create content, then that’s encouraging if you have something you really want to share. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if only ten percent of people doing anything are actually the ones who discover and transmit the knowledge of whatever it is they know how to do.

Only a few months ago I cooked up that formula: Art + Engineering = Success. Then the other night I was entertaining a special friend who happens to be (in my opinion) the best ballet instructor in town. I shared that idea with her and her eyes went wide. “Yes! That’s it!” she said. “That’s what I teach my pupils, only I tell them it’s Art plus Science.”

Ah . . . Art plus Science. Of course. She is teaching her pupils anatomy, how the body functions so they don’t injure themselves. It’s not even just about how things work but what makes them tick in the first place.

During the lockdowns when the future of the dance academy became uncertain, my friend had the studio’s website redesigned. She claims it was the best investment she ever made, and enrollment actually soared. I took a look. The site was not as beautiful as the previous one had been, but apparently the art of it was not the only important factor. It needed a little engineering to address the present need for classroom instruction from home.

With that in mind, I want to share an interview with Imogen Lamport, a lady I have followed online for some years now. She started a business with no idea of how it was going to actually happen. And, like me, she began with the simplest of web sites and no idea how to program html code. I found her advice completely relevant to some things I’m undertaking just now. Even if you aren’t focusing on an online endeavor but just want to accomplish something else, you will likely find some good thoughts in here about how to proceed with a percolating idea.


Above featured image: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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