This week, Danielle LaPorte asked: What’s your relationship to excitement?
Funnily enough, I’ve been thinking about this – I believe my experience of excitement is changing; I don’t trust excitement in the way that I used to.
I’m talking about that giddy, ungrounded excitement that stems from the next push towards the latest Big Thing, the new Answer To All My Prayers. The kind of excitement that draws us to an iPad or iPod or the latest videogame. The brief stomach flip and secret dance that follows a commitment to receiving an object or pursuing a path that promises all the answers to your inner ache.
This kind of excitement is fun while it lasts, but it doesn’t last long. It fades, because the thing you’re getting is not what you’d built it up to be. Continue reading
The amazing thing about aligning your business vision with your world vision and your personal vision is that everything suddenly seems to fall into place. Worlds shift to hand you exactly the insight, support and help you need just when you need it. It’s like you’ve stepped up onto the dusty old pedestal that has been waiting for you all your life, stood up straight and said “Ok here I am at last – give me all you’ve got.”
The next thing that happens is that you realise you’re not alone.
I have a new project. It’s growing in my head and on paper and I’m dying to share it…
And I know that the very act of sharing what is in my head will have a number of effects. I passionately desire:
- The growing of the new community-centred economy through sharing and mutual support; a great sense of thriving via the sharing of great ideas.
But I am afraid
One of the hardest things to keep hold of when you’re aching to share your amazing Self with the world is this:
In order to share yourself, you have to be your Self.
It might seem that I’m stating the obvious, but in the starting out stages – that delicate time when your new ideas are fresh and vulnerable, when you don’t have any experiences under your belt that can be called on as evidence of your greatness – you might start imagining you’re not ready yet.
Which might be the case: finding your Self takes time.
Sometimes when your ideas are still emerging, making big, bold announcements can bring you to a grinding halt as you outgrow your plans almost as soon as the announcements are out of the door.
- You feel like a failure for not following through.
- Or, maybe worse, you keep yourself as small as your starting-out ideas because you feel obliged to make them happen.
Language matters. Changing the words we use can change the emphasis and meaning of what we’re trying to say.
As a conscious life changer, your language should be evolving as you do, as you change and grow your understanding of the world, who you are, and how you fit. The way I see it, you need to spend some time with the words you use, listen to them and hear what they have to say. Use them as you understand them; ditch them if they no longer fit.
So ‘Life Purpose’ is out
Trust is a golden thread of certainty that leads you through your darkest moments. Trust does not need to see the map.
Trust is a bridge, spanning chasms of fear and misunderstanding; connecting hearts with tree-lined avenues of communication and care.
Trust is freedom: release from the need to defend and control, into a world of joyful anticipation.
Pulling you forward on a cloud of contentment, Trust removes the need to know the future, gives you room to feel the now.
Trust is your flight attendant, encouraging you to sit back, relax and let the journey carry you forward. You will be told when your participation is required, and when it is not.
Trust is a golden thread of certainty that carries you forwards, upwards, onwards; brings people together.
Trust, and let your life unfold.
I have a tendency to get my best ideas at 5am. This morning, the thought that dragged me out of bed was this:
Words matter because they are the expression of who you are. When you start to think about the words you use, you start to create a language of your own, one that resonates with you and helps you tell your story.
I’ve lived in Wales for nigh on 15 years, a country whose language the English (that’ll be me) tried very hard to squash out of them, with the result that there is a rather self-conscious effort being made to ensure the language is kept alive today. I didn’t get this at first; I didn’t understand why it mattered so much.
I’m now in the process of moving myself into a German-speaking country and despite my enthusiasm for learning the language, I’m starting to get how entwined in our language we are. Our words are our expression of who we are, they determine who we are able to communicate to, who is likely to hear your message. Continue reading
Back in the 1970s, artist Amikam Toren took the pieces of broken milk bottles and painstakingly, lovingly put them back together.
From a collection of identical, factory-produced, functional objects came a row of original artworks that each told a unique tale of tragedy, rediscovery and hope.
I don’t know the artist’s original intentions, but what this work says to me is this:
The very act of destruction is a creation.
By bringing together the pieces of an irretrievably broken object, a new story is woven into its fabric: a new layer of richness, something that makes it new and unique. Moreover, the process feeds the artist and helps them grow. Continue reading