So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:33 pm

SquarePeg wrote:Wonderful post, NowIKnow!

Yes, the Scanner Daybook is one of my favorite Barbara Sher ideas. I added a "Scanner Daybook" tag to my blog for those ideas I post about. But I don't publish all my ideas. Instead I leave them in "Draft" mode.

The other aspect of your post that I liked was your "Death Bed" method of prioritizing. I used to do something similar. I would write my own obituary. This was a great way for me to fix a skewed perspective. For example, I've never read an obituary that mentioned the deceased's fancy car or boat.


LOL Square Peg. Well said!

Do we have your blog address? (Probably. And I've probably visited it more than once. But it's late here now and my memory seems to slowly empty out after 11pm.) In any case, can we have it now?
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:39 pm

NowIKnow, you said this:

"I have been enjoying community of dolls/figurine and miniature on facebook since (even that I’m still facing dilemma of which idea to do first among many doll dress drawings, should I do Egyptian dress first or Greek goddess or colonial era dress, of which I could use the same tool in deciding).
:D "

I have some books of drawings of fashion through the ages in different countries, back in New York, I think. Would they be of any use to you? I'm getting rid of most of my books (except the ones I read over and over - and those are with me) and it would be a great pleasure to see if they can be found if you can use them. I know these things are probably all available on the Internet, which is why I love the Internet so much! But let me know all the same.

"I believe this tool/method works for me in prioritizing the importance or all my idea." It's a great tool for understanding what's really important to you, a powerful tool. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:47 pm

NowIKnow, you said this:

"I have been enjoying community of dolls/figurine and miniature on facebook since (even that I’m still facing dilemma of which idea to do first among many doll dress drawings, should I do Egyptian dress first or Greek goddess or colonial era dress, of which I could use the same tool in deciding).
:D "

I have some books of drawings of fashion through the ages in different countries, back in New York, I think. Would they be of any use to you? I'm getting rid of most of my books (except the ones I read over and over - and those are with me) and it would be a great pleasure to see if they can be found if you can use them. I know these things are probably all available on the Internet, which is why I love the Internet so much! But let me know all the same.

"I believe this tool/method works for me in prioritizing the importance or all my idea." It's a great tool for understanding what's really important to you, a powerful tool. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:42 pm

Scanner Life Journal #8

I really feel like the bee with strong wings now flying from one flower to the another, it's like forever summer for this bee. :)
Just as the book mentioned, I stayed on with one flower until I have enough and flied to another, not a second more than I needed to stay. Yesterday I spent time watching Youtube on how to make origami :) , then the making of advertisement of Mont Blanc of which the Paris scene was created out of white paper, so artistic. I then turned to watch some blog about dollhouses and miniatures, they are all amazing :D . Then I watched some of the Broadway show clip on you tube, very entertaining. I also started to upload more photos into my facebook page, with the doll dress I made or modified and other kind of craft I made to be a record of a variety of my interests. I listened to the TED talks clips too, all these great people are all having the wisdom to contribute and giving some useful tricks.

I browsed through my scanner day book/folder last night and this morning, it's more like a folder with piece of paper that I drew my ideas. It could have been more but I have to confess before I read the book "Refuse to choose" I had cleaned up/destroyed my drawing paper from time to time when they started to pile up, out of my pain of looking at them as a proof of failure. :o What I have left here are those who I really love and could not go about destroying it. No worry, I guess I could do a thousand more ideas drawing before I'm gone. Every time I look at each page it's really like greeting such idea again. It's like one firework popping up in my brain for each idea. :D

I feel like life has opened up to me with sometime unexpected change/surprise. In the past year when my mind was set free and open to focus of my interest without feeling guilty. I think it has gone to a deeper level of my mind into a subconscious level sometime. :) I did have a nice dreams of subject of my interest from time to time. I read books and watched you tube/documentary on ancient Greek mythology (so much that I don't forget that I'm interested in it) one time I dreamed that I was walking on the step of Olympus Mountain with all the statute of Greek god and goddess and the cloud on my feet :D . I was so fascinated with the ancient Seven wonders, one night I dreamed that I walked following the two Greek women (judging from their hairdo and dress I saw from behind) into the gate and when I they turned left the place was apparently the temple of Zeus with his huge statute sitting. It was a wonderful experiences like I was there for real. So as other dreams of other subjects. To sum up I just want to say I now have a happy mind enough to have a happy dream :) (comparing with woke up at night and staring out of the window thinking about a void life). It's a surprise when the happy mind could entertain a scanner life even when I didn't expect it. :D

I found out that meditation (one of my interest) is a similar experience with when I did my craft/drawing or reading for 4 hours straight. I felt like the world disappeared just the same. It works the same with meditation and it's a very great method to relax when I consumed too much information. :D

Being a Scanner with the mind in search of learning also made it easy even with everyday life and not just art interests. The cooking and household organizing tips are wonderful, it saved my time by using the tips in saving foods and just warmed it up instead of cooking each meal. :)

The whole world is such a big classroom without tuition fee, so to speak, I'm glad I was born with a student gene and could generate a good feeling by myself :D

Thanks again for all the above, Barbara
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby Elaine Glimme » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:24 am

Is it true scanners have more fun?
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby BarbaraSher » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:19 pm

LOL.

Oh yes, it is.
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:08 pm

BarbaraSher wrote:I'm having such a great time reading your posts, NowIKnow. I just saw that you said this:

" I'm just afriad I might talk too much. In the past year I was afraid also that I might have written something with the Asian attutude/view that could be strange in the eyes of westerner or even offensive."

Please let me reassure you that you never write too much and I'm sure you have offended no one. Your writing helps me help other people.

I wish there was a way to get my book into your language so you wouldn't see good people suffer in the same way you did before you realised who you are. I'm almost sure no Thai publishers will be interested in my book (publishers only like to license new books) but if you know of anyone who is a good translator, I think we could put some of the more important excerpts into a blog or some such thing. This is not your job. You are doing just fine and your instincts for being who you were born to be seem to be right on target. I wouldn't interrupt that for the world. But if you should know of someone bi-lingual, perhaps you can send them to me and we can figure something out.


Dear Barbara,

Huge smile on my lip reading your reply to my posting. Thank you so so much for assuring the above. It gave me a relief. :D A cross-culture communication worry me a bit. I wish your book would be in Thai language too. I hope people like me will be rescued. Unfortunately I’m not working in a publishing business circle here in Thailand, though my love for reading drove me to take an internship at the Thai Magazine company (without pay) for two months about twenty years ago, which was totally different from my field of study. It was wonderful. I also hope someday I could explain to people in Thai language the story of me being struggled and being rescued. :)
Looking back I think the book which started with Elaine situation and that has connected with the book right away. I hope someday I could do my blog in Thai and put something in the first chapter to capture Thai Scanner like it did to me. I will let you know if there is someone who is more ready to do so. :D

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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:11 pm

BarbaraSher wrote:
SquarePeg wrote:Wonderful post, NowIKnow!

Yes, the Scanner Daybook is one of my favorite Barbara Sher ideas. I added a "Scanner Daybook" tag to my blog for those ideas I post about. But I don't publish all my ideas. Instead I leave them in "Draft" mode.

The other aspect of your post that I liked was your "Death Bed" method of prioritizing. I used to do something similar. I would write my own obituary. This was a great way for me to fix a skewed perspective. For example, I've never read an obituary that mentioned the deceased's fancy car or boat.


LOL Square Peg. Well said!

Do we have your blog address? (Probably. And I've probably visited it more than once. But it's late here now and my memory seems to slowly empty out after 11pm.) In any case, can we have it now?


Dear Square Peg,

Thank you so much, if I could know your blog address too.
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:23 pm

BarbaraSher wrote:NowIKnow, you said this:

"I have been enjoying community of dolls/figurine and miniature on facebook since (even that I’m still facing dilemma of which idea to do first among many doll dress drawings, should I do Egyptian dress first or Greek goddess or colonial era dress, of which I could use the same tool in deciding).
:D "

I have some books of drawings of fashion through the ages in different countries, back in New York, I think. Would they be of any use to you? I'm getting rid of most of my books (except the ones I read over and over - and those are with me) and it would be a great pleasure to see if they can be found if you can use them. I know these things are probably all available on the Internet, which is why I love the Internet so much! But let me know all the same.

"I believe this tool/method works for me in prioritizing the importance or all my idea." It's a great tool for understanding what's really important to you, a powerful tool. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Dear Barbara,
I think I posted my journal #7 at the same time of your replys. I put it down quickly from my draft and when I came back to in I saw your replies, Thank you so so much. :D If only you would like to get rid of your book it would be my honor to have it. I love internet so much too. I could not stopped being on google. I'm not sure others would benefit from google as much as a Scanner. :D

I'm glad my tool I picked up somewhere is useful. Thank you so much for letting me know. I'm so happy :D
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:40 pm

Dear Elaine,

Thank you for your interesing question :) . I think being Scanner has a lot of fun. The fun I have are from variety of things I'm interested. I also think divers have fun too. There are many specialist in the art and craft field, who did one type of product in various detail, I sometime hope I could do that. I think they are as occupied as me:D

I hope I didn't make it look like my life has only a happy aspect. However, I compaired my current life with the previous life situation and found out that it's more tolerable now things I'm required to tolerate. Which has made my life easier and enable me to have fun :D

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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:46 am

Scanner Life Journal #9

Last Sunday night, knowing full well that I have to wake up tomorrow at 6.30am as my work starts at 7.00am, I could not resist myself in looking into Roman house documentary until 2.30 am. I found it so fascinating. The You tube clip of which they created computer graphic of the Roman house from the ruins in Pompeii is amazing. Now I can tell the layout of the house from my memory. This resulted in me being a Zombie in the office all day on Monday. I hope someday I would have a chance to do miniature Roman house for the Roman costume dolls (probably after the Egyptian miniature room which I somehow think it has more priority). :D
I’m also slowly creeping back my interest in pop up card again, judging from my Instagram account of which I started posting my works on pop up card from the past. I sort of see it coming. :D
In the office I tried to catch up with what I’m supposed to do, those routine work. It’s a bit difficult. There are many other aspects of life that I’m required to do. Last night I slept a lot, to compensate the night before. I had to wash dishes and fold my laundry before that. It’s not totally a happy life all the time but the boring part of my life became more tolerable now. It’s just I feel happy in general since I’m not confused about who I am anymore. I’m of the opinion that this (knowing that I’m a Scanner) has helped me to focus on the positive/happy aspects of my life. :D

Part of me I’m letting go of trying to make money from my interest. I might start teaching something I know in the future but so far I’m still a newbie with the full life of Scanner. I’m taking it slow at the moment. :D

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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby SquarePeg » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:23 am

NowIknow wrote:-snip-
There are many other aspects of life that I’m required to do. Last night I slept a lot, to compensate the night before. I had to wash dishes and fold my laundry before that.
I can't imagine that Leonardo daVinci had to wash dishes and fold laundry! ;)

Thank you (and Barbara) for asking about my blog URL. The little Earth-like-looking icon on the right of my posts has my blog's home page. It's also in my signature. For the Scanner Daybook Posts, you can navigate directly here: http://square--peg.blogspot.com/search/ ... %20Daybook . That way you bypass numerous "weekly weigh-in" posts.
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:45 pm

Thank you so much SquarePeg for your blog address :D
Oh well, there are tons of errands that I have not done, wash my car, go to post office, ^^ hope to have someone doing them for me^^
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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:49 pm

Scanner Life Journal #10

I found my reply in another post which I introduced myself a bit. I'm thinking of putting it here for all my writing be all togother :D

"Dear Barbara,

Oh wow!!!, it is such a thrill to get your reply. I am absolutely honored! You are the person behind those magical words in the book after all. What a wonderful feeling getting your words of acknowledgment, thank you so so much. :D

I’m so glad to have a chance to tell you how much this book meant to me.

Now I prefer to regard my life as “ life before the book” and “ life after the book”. I have been asking myself days and nights all my life “why am I being like this?”. So many times in my life I found myself in the mid of the night standing at the window looking out to the sky and asked this question over and over in my head and the pains this question made me feel.

Your book is indeed the answer I have been looking for. I meant it wholeheartedly when I said this book has unlocked the chains of suffering I have been feeling all my life. I was in tear knowing that you acknowledged my pain.I believe many people must have told you this so many times too.

I’ve been trying to practice all your advices in the book, they are all useful i.e. list all things I have done, de-size my project, enter scanner day book. All friends I met recently noticed my change. They mentioned that there is energy in my voice now instead of hopelessness in my voice before. Especially when I talked about this book. Your book explained most of my behaviors all my life, all my career decisions and my reasoning behind those decision. Those reasons I was wondering sometimes why they were different from other diver people. Now I can breathe freely thinking about those career changes without shame.

To introduce myself my name is Pat (nickname of full name Pattawish), 42 y/o. I was born and live in Thailand. Though it was enjoyable to learn so many things when I was a child and was a top student of the class (only in Primary school), I started noticing that I could not finish things since I was young. During my wonderful years in university, I directed many stage performances and one major play (designed the entire costume set) in the university festival, painted numerous event posters and signs and be most every event’s MC, life was wonderful then.

After graduating, I worked five years in the company of my field of study, then the job started to demand for me to be a diver. When I found myself crying one morning before I went to work because of pain in my heart I could not understand, I then decided to change jobs to work in the social worker field. The job was with half salary I earned before. It then became the pattern of my career movement since, I later got into a very good high-paid international organization job again, then left it for half salary job which gave me more time again.

I’ve been painting, drawing, building miniatures, and made 3 D pop up cards mainly (aside from cooking, party organizing..etc.). I never knew what “nothing to do” means. Ideas kept popping up in my head on everything I saw. At some point I stop browsing art on google since I think it would generate more ideas. I survived only with the support and consolation of my serious diver partner for 12 years, for which I’m thankful. :)

I have also sent a separate email to thank you. My apology for taking time to compose the reply and email, though I thought I could learn faster than others, I’m still not as fast in reading and writing English language as my native language. This is despite my 20 years working in international organizations and 12 years of relationship with my American partner. However your book clarified to me the reason for it, I did read a lot of Thai language books, almost on daily basis. But there are many Thai books on various matters, as a scanner I’m interested in many matters. That left no time for me to read enough English books and practice enough English writng (other that what work requires me to) to write it outright. Once in a while I write up thing in English and my partner would correct my grammar, mispelling.

Thanks again for everything and for your wonderful books. The book is amazing, you and your book save my life. I’m so grateful. :D

Wishing you all the best and happiness in your life as you have given me my life’s best solution and happiness."

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Re: So excited about the newly discovered life as a scanner

Postby NowIknow » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:53 am

Scanner Life Journal#11

Someday I wonder whether it would be ok if all I will do is on Scanner Day Book and not producing any pieces, hehehe. I did decorate some piece and gave it a new look out of my idea, but just enjoy writing my ideas so much. Every time I did it was like floating in the dream land. Sometime I saw some sketch book on traveling published in the bookstore my feeling was like..wow..someone’s Scanner day book got published, how wonderful.

I have been watching many minimalism clip on You Tube lately. It wasn’t clear at the beginning. I learn that having less stuffs is not the ultimate goal but to have the stuffs which matter to you and serve the purpose. It seems like Scanners would have more stuffs despite being a minimalist due to out genuine interests in all the things that is part of our projects. I think when people decluttered their place, they have found many things that they didn’t know exist. Things that has no connection to their life. Those kind of things I have set a goal to get rid of. I amazed with the method of the author/speaker in the You Tube clip, in order to experiment, he packed up all his stuff in the boxes. Then for two months he only took out what he need. I could see myself doing that now that I have a clear concept of Scanner Day books. :D

I think being scanner applys to everything in life you are doing. I recently starting my plan to move out of my condo. I took out all the belongings and doing ther reseach and plan to do the moving effectively. To make a research for that is fun, as long as I control my expectation that I could make mistake and might not get the moving cheapest and fastest. It is also depending on the time I have to do the research as well. I even think about writing about moving the household, just for the fun of it and for the memory. I listed up every catagory of things I posess. It's harder as a Scanner I have also art materials. Then I divided each catagories into sub-catagory a) the most important items I take with me in my suitcase, b) the unwanted items I donate and thorw away, c) the somewhat important I will send it by mail, d) the less important, I will box it up and leave it with my sister, everytime I visited her in the future I will take some back with me.
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