What is the concept or the intent behind using that word? What does it represent for you? Well one, it's just pretty cool to Idaho. No,
I mean I wouldn't get started. It's a I mean I you know, I went through the be very Earnest but not very good student Independent films of a freshman or sophomore student. Like I was you know, we're trying to work out something as extension or you want to sound really cool. Like, you know, I went through forced Winters, you know, and I mean because I have in the book what I would call a lot of forced Winters mind you I call this covid timer and right now I forced winter. I had a you know, my most creative times came in my worst winters of life my year in Australia abroad on my own but forced Winters kind of a double negative. I mean who wants to go open the book called forced winners? I mean so great - what's more affirmative and in and I love verbs. I love words that that are verbs verb is the holy word as I'm sure you know and that it has affirmation. It has its alive and so green lights. I noticed became a theme to the book because the metaphor of the yellow and the red lights that we have in our life, whatever those hard times. Our I noticed in going through my Diaries of 36 years that things that were definite red lights in my life hard times yellow lights in my life interruptions interventions things that stopped my flow and gotten my our way that at some point either sometimes immediately or decades down the line. Revealed their Greenlight Assets in my life. I would argue. My Dad's passing was a green light now. His dying was a literal red light, but as I mentioned earlier, I would not be the man. I am right now if he did not move on I would have stayed lazy. I would have stayed more impressed and less involved. I would have not put myself to task and held myself and called myself to Arms to man up and be more. Honest with myself and look at the world more honestly and have more courage if he had not passed on because I would have had him as a crutch. I would have had this sort of subconscious Reliance that oh if I really getting a bona still got that I still got pop Hill. He's my safety net. So his passing reveals dream lights for me. So green lights became a theme and it became a I noticed that sometimes it's about persisting through something enduring something other times. It's about pivoting. Wait a minute. I'm banging my head on the wall here. I'm basically really living out the definition of insanity trying to change something the same way over and over again. It's not changing. So I need to re-approach this need to back up and then maybe dance around the situation dance around the problem to get what I want and then other times I noticed it's just you raise the White Flag. No, you know what I'm fighting for the wrong thing here. This is going against my grain. This is not really what I what I want and need so I'm gonna live to fight another day and go find something else to challenge to overcome and so all in those are methods in which I've been able to find green light. Sometimes I've got green lights and think we all do by just sheer straight-(expletive) denial. I mean I write that line in the in that great lesson its wisdom. I heard from The Very Old Man one time. You know, I've had many crashes at thousands across this is in my life. He'll most of them never happened. I mean that partially you get that by just denying that there is a crisis not being foolish with it. But some things have just said like I'm not even going to give that crisis credit therefore it doesn't Exist there that dark can't stick to me if you throw it at me. If I don't give it that if I don't even give credit that it's a dart, you know what I mean?
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