When I was staying home with our infant son, he and I spent the Chicago winter by listening to a lot of audiobooks. Among them was Walter Issacson’s biography on Steve Jobs.
The audiobook clocks in at just over 25 hours. That is about three workdays of audio.
That is to say, almost everything of his life is left out. Even under this constraint, Isaacson weaves a masterful, productive whole.
We make choices, too, about which stories of our lives to rehearse to ourselves and to present to others. This choice matters a great deal for who we become.
Our lives, no matter how messy in the moment, can become a productive whole.