Cut the Table Legs Instead

In the US, the standard dining table height is 29.5" off the ground. For most people that are under the average height in the US (5'6" in my case), this is way too high to serve as an ergonomic position to use a computer.

It's fine for eating, for the most part, since we don't eat at length. But when using a computer, the desk needs to be a little bit lower.

My wife and I talked about getting a new dining table that would cost us several hundred dollars.

But then we'd have to figure out what to do with the old table. Then, I just figured, if I had a table saw, I could easily cut the legs by a bit, chamfer the edges, sand it down, apply some finish, and call it a day.

The table saw would cost me several hundred dollars. But it's a lot more useful than a dining table when we already have one. Sometimes the most optimal path is to simply take something that exists and iterate on it.

It's always worth considering the question: What can I do with what I have?

Low Hanging Fruit

There are times when the low hanging fruit is the most appropriate option.

Doing something is often better than doing nothing.

Often times, we'll find that once we reach our hand out for the low-hanging fruit, we realize that there are better options if we just keep reaching.

The purpose of the low-hanging fruit is to get us to reach out. What we actually grab is not the point. The point is to grab at all.

This is basically true in any creative medium; If we want to get better, we should reach our hand out more often, and do the thing more. The more we spend time being creative, the more creative, innovative, and meaningful our work becomes.

Just keep pushing. The concept of pushing through and continuing to create more is the theme of one of my favorite videos. It's incredibly motivating, and I can't recommend bookmarking this enough:

Reach out for the low-hanging fruit.

You are a human too.

Maybe the phrase "love yourself" has become cliché. But if you dig into the phrase a little bit, I feel there's a lot of significant meaning there.

It means to treat yourself with the same respect you'd treat others you care about. It means to be empathic, compassionate, and caring towards yourself, the same way you'd be empathetic, compassionate, and caring for your loved ones.

Go exercising, cause that's how you treat your body well. Let your mind explore and try new things to quench your creative thirst. Explore current or new hobbies or find a new passion project. The ideas are endless.

Basically, if a significant person in your life came up to you and said, "Hey, I'm thinking of trying ___." As long as that thing wasn't harmful to others or themselves, wouldn't you want them to try it, see what comes of it, learn from it, be invigorated by the process of learning, and watch them grow?

Yet, somehow, we find ourselves always doubting ourselves and getting in our own way instead of being that supportive friend that we are to others. Why is that?