As we begin to prepare for 2010 i find myself thinking of what will matter most in my life, in my community and for the world over the next twelve months. Searching, writing and setting out my own futuristic projections i find comfort in knowing I am not alone with many of my crazy projections. Guru Seth Godin today posted what will probably be the greatest gift I will receive this season and for this i share it with all of you. He answered my question by bringing together more than 70 thinkers to inspire us all on what really matters. This saved my Monday morning and i hope it infects you with hope as it did for me. My favorite insights are: Neoteny, by Joichi Ito; World Healers by Martha Beck, Slow Capital by Fred Wilson and of course, Autonomy, by genius, Dan Pink.
Last night, I had the great pleasure of curling up with Stephen and our cat Mouse after putting Lucas to bed to watch Julie and Julia. When the film was first released, I received so many emails from readers, friends and family telling me that I had to see this movie. Now I understand why.
The parallel stories of these two amazing women mirrored my life in so many ways as it probably does for millions of writers out there in the world holding on dearly to a dream of one day being published. As I watched the journeys of Julie Powell and Julia Child, of course I couldn’t help reflecting on my own over the last two years. I was reminded that all writers walk up and down reality lane every single day, wondering, “Am I crazy to be doing this?” It was comforting to know that not only was I not alone but this has been the journey forever for so many female writers.
What I also loved about the film is the accurate depiction of the grand level of pleasure that comes from writing. Writing is delicious. I mean it. If I could chew and taste some of the words that I love, I’d do it. And although life as a writer is challenging, sometimes lonely and always confusing, I would not change a thing about it. I started this blog two years ago and it’s brought me more satisfaction than I ever imagined. Really expensive dark chocolate kind of satisfaction.
As Julia demonstrated with her food, you have to love it, and when you reach that level of yumminess with any passion you know its worth it.
In the spirit of sharing recipes, here are three lessons I just learned which I think are worth sharing:
Lesson #1. Everything that is good takes time. Whether it’s making Boeuf Bourguignon, writing a book or mastering your marriage, getting it right takes time It also gets better with time.
Lesson #2. There is a whole lot of fear that goes along with writing anything — a blog, a book , even a report or a piece of correspondence. Every time, the fear requires that you take that big giant leap and start writing, one word at a time. That’s all it takes. So all you “closeted” writers reading this post, this take a moment and write something. Do it. I mean it. I’m watching.
Last but least, Lesson #3. There’s no such thing as not being able to cook. We all can cook and like everything creative it just takes a big cup of passion with a pitch of courage and a dash of patience and we all can create amazingly tasty dishes in our lives as long as we follow the recipe. Recipes are key.
Tomorrow I will make the Boeuf Bourguignon …what will you try?
And if you are still looking for a unique inspiring Christmas gift for a friend in search of herself, pick up Julie and Julia. I give it two thumbs up.
Bon appétit everyone!
You won’t believe the story I am about to tell. You may remember that three weeks ago, I wrote about the power of intuition (“Intuition, Your Personal Fortuneteller”) and vowed to live by it. Wow, how much has changed since then. So here goes the speed-dating version of what’s transpired.
Three weeks ago I read an article in O Magazine by life coach guru Martha Beck on inner genius (and as you all know I’ve been obsessed with the contemporized notion of genius for more than two years). And only eight days after reading and blogging about the article, I coincidentally found myself backstage as a volunteer at The Women’s Conference in California, standing next to Martha Beck herself. I could not believe that the stars had aligned (literally and figuratively) for me so fortuitously.
Don’t you find it amazing how a writer, thinker, leader, a friend, or even a child can say or write something that touches the depths of your curiosity? When these great moments happen, always stop to acknowledge that it’s happening. Yesterday on a flight back home from DC I was reading Pam Slim’s new book, ESCAPE FROM CUBICLE NATION: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, and I found myself caught up in her enthusiasm and absorbed in her advice and the authenticity of her narrative. If you are starting to scratch an entrepreneurial itch, you have to pick up Pam’s new book. What is most profound about the book is its ability to distill information, motivate to action, and light the fire in you all at once. I have been following her blog for two years and I am so pleased that she actually wrote a book that’s just as good as her blog, which for many doesn’t come that easily.
As a start-up myself I am reading so much from every informational and inspirational corner and her book is the best I have read yet. This post isn’t just a shout out to another writer but more importantly it’s also a lesson on the importance of acknowledging the genius in others. I wrote Pam an email this morning celebrating her success and although we don’t know one another I still believe it’s our social responsibility to acknowledge a genius success moment when it happens for someone.
So the next time you read something, hear something or experience something that moves you, don’t wait to acknowledge it; do so while the message is still fresh on your mind and the shared energy is still all around you. Give appropriate props and pass the genius forward always.
Pam, thanks for lighting me up.
As I begin to write this post on music – and the impact music has on every aspect of our lives – I select “party shuffle” mode from my iTunes library.
Wouldn’t you know it?
The first song to play is “Suenos Liquidos” (which means “liquid dreams” in Spanish). This is a great song, so I write on agreeable. After about 20 seconds, though, I find myself wondering what song will play next.
What is it about the party shuffle feature that’s so exciting? Is it the element of surprise? Or is it the reality check that each of the 867 or 101.4 days of songs we house within our libraries are small reflections of who we are, who we were and who we are trying to become? Is it just me? Or are millions of people musing over the same hypothesis?