While one struggles to live completely in the present and the moment. I believe it is the hopes, dreams, and faith for the future that get one through the rough spots of life.
I have always wondered about the value of hope and dreams in life. While the journey is to attempt to live in a state of dispassion where life happens around, be it good, or bad – I get the choice to remain at peace and tranquility. Yes, I have a LONG way to progress before this element is attained in my lifetime.
As an inventor type, most of the time, all you have is a hunch, idea, or dream that the future will have things you see in your mind as “possible,” yet, we live in a world which is becoming increasingly like a cup of instant coffee. It isn’t the best coffee on can partake, but it is a cup of coffee. More and more in business & government, I sense the short-term approach appears to be all that matters. Get the ROI, stock options, and votes and cash out while on top.
Perhaps typing that sounds funny, as I am in a country where if you want to build something, the joke is you have to build it to last 300 years.
The image of the sketch for the post hope and dreams was take a few weeks ago. I looked up from the table covered in white paper table cloth and saw a barn that had the shape of one of the two design ideas up for options in colorado. The original design was for simple old school barns with support beams on the walls and wide loft spaces. While this is a great idea, the real problem of being off the grid was that I had to come up with a design or a different way to power. Somehow in the torrential downpour last fall where I think the annual rainfall of Colorado came down in 24 hours, I had a moment where I had a vision for giant wedges to hold solar panels come into my mind. This was not because I like wedges, but it was a possible solution for the reality of the winter sunshine if the idea of a year round home/lab was possible.
I sent a rudimentary sketch to one builder and he didn’t like it. “It’s ugly, it doesn’t look like a barn.” Of which in his defense, he makes great barns. But what is the point of building something that doesn’t work. "great barn, mark, where is the electricity? when did you convert to being amish?"
as odd as the design was, I loved the funky look of the wedges and how they fit into the mountain. A tri-wedge roof for the house a single wedge for the lab…. it just looks really interesting.
As I noodling solar power solutions, I had an idiot moment where i remembered biomass. (insert a big "duh" sound inside my brain)
Today, I might have the wedge designs with too much power and no need for solar. thus is the actual design process for the home/lab/off the grid test center.
i digress, as the message of bit of heaven on earth for me is to have a coffee, a writing tool, and an endless supply of paper to scribble upon.
While I have tried, I have never gotten the same results working fully in digital as I have with the sketchbook and paper. I am not exactly sure why, as the tools keep getting better and better – perhaps it is just a way I can keep humanity in the design process?
What does this have to do with hope and dreams? I hope that I can bring all the technology and ideas back to work inside the United States, on top of the mountain. The dream to live out the rest of my life in the quiet and solitude of nature with a few trips to interact with humanity and pass on what does and doesn’t work with Augmanity and Agrowbox. In turn, that helps some people find their true selves. For others in different parts of the world, tested ideas and solutions to allow a path for self-sufficiency -the move from survival mode to actual living.
Not a sophisticated dream. One I hope comes true. :o)
I can’t wait to build this idea for a new type of brainstorm table!