I resisted for the longest time but I am finally on the Kindle “cloud.” It started with a used Kindle that I bought from a friend, and then I became a real convert when I realized that I could stay “in the cloud” through apps on my iPhone, iPad, or even my computer.
What sold me on the whole process was how I could use the cloud to stay conscious of where I am in all my various life projects. It’s nice to be in the belly of the subway beast and be in the cloud. Instead of looking at the skin doctor ads, I can scan a page of “What Color is My Parachute” and work towards finding a new career or re-imaging my current career. Richard Bolles’ book is now a career searchers’ classic that emphasizes how important it is to really have a vision of what you want before you even search for a career.
Being “in the cloud” I can dip in and out of life process books and always have a constant reminder of where I stand. The cloud is a way of bookmarking my life.
There is a relationship between my Samurai mind notebook and my cloud. Since I put juicy quotes and ideas from the various books and projects I am working with and review them regularly (Samurai Mind Notebook), I am regularly reminded to go back to my cloud for on going inspiration.
The Samurai notebook is a great place to get reminded of ideas. Theoretically, I review any entry on a roughly algorithmic schedule. This is great but sometimes it can feel a little haphazard. Lately for ongoing work and “visioning” I’ve realized I need a more permanent place to keep track of where I am.
Enter google docs (or whatever cloud space you like to write on). I used my samurai notebook to brainstorm and work out some of my “Favorite Fields” using “What Color is Your Parachute.” However, once I prioritized my favorite interests using Bolles’ system, I put it up in the cloud to be able to work at it from any point on earth. The samurai mind notebook is more like a sketchbook, while the google docs is a more permanent yet cheap canvas.
The real canvas is my life. All these different tools are just more ways to play, draw, and create. Though I try to keep my feet firmly planted on the earth, I am also a samurai in the cloud. Join me.