Monday, March 12, 2001

Mar 12 2001

Well, last night I took the plunge and finally had a long religious conversation with a friend of mine online. He feels a lot of hatred towards God because of some unfortunate stuff that happened to him as a child, and I’ve been trying to show him that that stuff wasn’t exactly God’s fault. But it’s difficult for me, because he’s hardened his heart, and I’ve realized lately that I try to win arguments like this. I’ve been trying to remind myself that it’s not my job to convince him; just show him the path.

So, that’s been psychically exhausting. Might explain why I woke up at 5:30 this morning. But I was able to enjoy a good hour in the garden as a result, laying path just as the sun was rising. Spring is beginning to take hold, with steadily warmer days.

Meanwhile, work is going very well. I’m now in charge of both “Intersect University,” a set of internal company classes on topics like how our server is designed, as well as a new push to get our paper documentation organized and set up in a centralized location. I wrote a custom BeOS app to handle software checkin/checkout, and put a spare computer running it next to the new bookcase I put together today.

As mundane as that may seem, it’s incredibly exciting to have responsibilities like that. I feel…I feel like I’m contributing, which is odd because up until this point I’ve been writing code, which is the most critical responsibility in our company (if our app doesn’t get written, we don’t succeed). So why do I feel so motivated now that I’m organizing classes?

I’m also excited because I just finished a book called The Gifted Boss by Dale Dauten, which provides a fantastic argument for how to be a legendary employer and employee. I’ll just link to my review, once I write it.

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