I wrote yesterday’s dot in about 10 minutes – largely because I sat down right after receiving the compliment and letting the words flow from my head to the page. Most days, it takes me more than 10 minutes to come up with the topic.

It’s not for lack of inputs. I have a basket that holds my “clippings” of articles that struck me as possible dot topics. I also have two notebooks, an email folder, a documents folder, a photos folder and various other lists of ideas. But, just as with my closet that is simultaneously full yet devoid of anything to wear, most nights none of the thoughts resonate. Some are so old as to render them useless (e.g. no more dots about the Iowa Caucuses) and others are so cryptic that I no longer remember what I meant. The dots sat idle too long before they were connected.

The lesson I take from all this is that timeliness deserves more credit than we (I?) give it. Pitching a solution soon after the problem arises is more likely to be received with favor than if it comes months after the fact. Sending a note of thanks is appreciated in short order, rather than weeks later. Apologizing right after a blunder has more impact than a delayed response. And putting pen to paper/fingers to keyboard to expound on an idea soon after you have it gives it a much higher chance of being useful in the future.

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