Day Twenty One - morning
Ted's Thirty Day Awakening
For the second day in a row, Alexa did not wake Ted. In fact, no one woke Ted. He never wet to bed. He had been up-all-night reading. Mom had mixed a few first-reads in with some of Ted’s all-time favorite books and he had enjoyed them all.
He went barnstorming once again with Donald and Richard in Illusions and was reminded how anything can be accomplished with the right motivation as he re-read The One Minute Millionaire. He discovered a kindred soul, Robby Robertson, a down-on-his-luck writer who realizes that he doesn’t know as much about life as he once believed in The Magic Mala. Robby’s desperate financial circumstances lead him to open his mind to new ways of living. While Ted did not need new ways there was little doubt that he needed to get back to his old ways.
As he read, Ted thanked his parents many times over, they had a knack for giving him the perfect books throughout his life. They also instilled in him a love of books.
Ted zipped through Focused Passion. Years ago the book’s author, Steven Snyder, had taught Ted to go from reading a novel a day to reading four hundred page books in just a few hours—with better retention. Ted recalled watching Steve read Never Pass Up an Opportunity in a matter of minutes. It was like watching a great athlete at work.
The Sixth Extinction was fascinating. Ted had a bit of a chuckle when he recalled the story behind the naming of Reality 6 (a project he had been working on with some friends before life was interrupted by financial doldrums and a short coma). He knew that the 6 in Reality 6 was for the time in which we are living, a time referred to as the “sixth max extinction” event.
He liked this passage from The Sixth Extinction so much that he added it to the notebook he always carried in his wallet. “The history of life thus consists of ‘long periods of boredom interrupted occasionally by panic.’ ” That was Ted’s life explained in fifteen words!
And then, there was Algorithms to Live By. Ted had scribbled as many words into the margins as there were in the book itself. Imagine if you could create a simple, elegant algorithm that could watch what you do for a few weeks and then point you in a direction that would lead to an amazing life with less boring, less fear, less panic, less stress and a whole lot more fun! A life app based on just such an algorithm was right up there on Ted’s Legacy List with a working time machine. No Ted does not have nor will he ever have a “bucket list” but he does have a Legacy List. Maybe someday we’ll get Ted to share his list with us.
As if on cue, just as Ted reached the end of Algorithms to Live By and placed it back in the stack of book, breakfast came rolling into the room.