Signature Exhortation

For a while I incorporated a catchphrase in my signature block for email messages:

connect sometimes by disentangling

I blew it up and produced a printout and tacked it to the wall as a kind of sampler since it deserved a modicum of white space. As a signature block element the temptation was to read “connects” and as a description of what is done and not an action yet to perform. Of course if you shift “sometimes” to the initial position there is less of a risk of reading “connects” but that would foreground the exceptionalism. Word order matters. There is still virtue in taking a call to action as a description of what is being done. It brings good habits into the present tense. Like leading by example: plays well with others.

And so for day 66

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