Life Cycles

Everything will drift and die. Unless you stop it.

Things begin and they are exciting. Things continue and we build them up. Things keep going and we get bored, we drift, and they die.

Everything has a life cycle. This looks to be true in almost all cases.

Thing. Relationships. Ideas.

They all naturally degenerate, or drift, over time.

This idea is discussed at length within the world of organizational theory. Here, they say, organizations follow a bell curve in which things move up and to the right until, and always until, they plateau and begin to fall.

This is the natural progression of an organization just as it is the natural progression of a life.

This also seems to be the case in relationships. What begins up and to the right, can after even a short number of years, drift and fall.

It’s difficult to keep things going.

This also seems to be the case within the world of our own interests and work.

What begins up and to the right, can after even a very short time, drift and fall.

So, what is one to do?

Aside from the fact that it is not always bad or wrong to stop something, how are we to continue on in the thing that we, at least in theory, want to continue to on in?

Enter, the refresh.

The refresh, or reboot, or restart, is just the simple idea that if you want something to continue on, you must, from time to time, return to the start.

You must return to the beginning.

Maybe the only things that really last a long time are the things that have been refreshed again and again and again.

Want to put new life into a dying organization? Go back to the beginning and the initial spark that motivated its founding.

Want to put new life into a dying relationship? Go back to the beginning and the initial spark that brought you together.

Want to put new life into a dying project or job? Go back to the beginning and the initial spark that inspired its creation.

Everything has a life cycle.

If you don’t, at some point, go back to the beginning, it will drift and die.


This is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is ‘Dose’ #16.

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