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EMBRACE SHADOW (An Un-Seeing Exercise)

EMBRACE SHADOW (An Un-Seeing Exercise)

Here’s a thing.  On your way to any dream of yours, there are always going to be people telling you what you “should” do and how you “must” move, pointing out paths that suit their own propensities and agendas.

Every course you take, every video you watch, every book or post you read, every other person you talk to probably will have some embedded assumptions that might not resonate with your own.

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STOP CANNING YOURSELF (No Elevator Pitch)

STOP CANNING YOURSELF (No Elevator Pitch)

Ahhhh….the “elevator pitch.” One more tool in the marketer tool-box.

It says here that in order to be super-effective marketers, entrepreneurs, and hustlers-extraordinaire, it’s up to us to distill an explanation of the essence of our skills, services, goals, background, and even our very own selves into a sparkly speech that lasts anywhere from thirty seconds to two minutes.  Then we ask for something.

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SELF-THIS AND SELF-THAT AND MORE SELF

SELF-THIS AND SELF-THAT AND MORE SELF

I’ve been getting all tangled up in “selfs” lately.  There’s self-awareness, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, self-knowledge, self-image, self-respect, self-efficacy, and all the varied assortments of theory and blather about self-concepts.

They do go on and on.

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WHEN MAGIC HAPPENS

WHEN MAGIC HAPPENS

It was at a festival celebrating taro and community in Hana that I saw another one of them — an intense, prepubescent boy who carried an ukulele around wherever he went.

I noticed him sitting on the grass very close to the front of the low-built stage under a big canvas tent.  He sat there, soaking in the presence of a musician who was making a name for himself in the big city of Honolulu and beyond and doing his town proud.

The boy was absolutely focused, strumming his old, well-used ukulele, frowning in concentration as he tried to match his hero’s fingerings and licks.  He was rapt in the music and transported to a world that was only sound and touch and heart. 

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TAKE OPPORTUNE ACTION (Another IPS)

TAKE OPPORTUNE ACTION (Another IPS)

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  a tendency to take action opportunely.  Not tied to past accomplishments, not attached to any outcomes, you’re free to take effective action.  [It’s another water thing, I am thinking.  If you watch a stream, you notice that the water moves the best way it can over, under, around…and gets to the sea eventually just doing that.  Cool.]

I bet you’ve heard it a time or two, the old chestnut about how “timing is everything.”

I bet you’ve noticed that there are times when everything you do is magic.  It all works.  The pieces easily slide into place and the thing you’re doing takes off, dragging you along with it.

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DO WHAT COMES NATURALLY (CREATIVITY = ANTICIPATION + CHOICE)

DO WHAT COMES NATURALLY (CREATIVITY = ANTICIPATION + CHOICE)

All the wise guys say it:  Creativity is a human birthright.

As long as you’re human, they say, you have the capacity to “consciously relate and participate in the world” and, out of that, you make stuff that affects the world and everything and everyone around you.

Even the guys in lab coats agree.  The main thing that distinguishes us humans from the other critters wandering around on the planet is our jones for seeing and solving problems.

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SEE THE WHOLE GLASS (AND USE IT)

SEE THE WHOLE GLASS (AND USE IT)

We know the cliché – the glass with the water and the accompanying question delivered by some snot of a snippet:  Is the glass half-full or is it half-empty?

We think we know what the guys in the white coats say about choosing one thing over the other means too.

Over and over we’ve been told that if you say the glass is half-full, then you are probably an optimist.  If you say the glass is half-empty, then you’re a pessimist.

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PRESS PAUSE AND GO FOR CLARITY

PRESS PAUSE AND GO FOR CLARITY

For more than 20 years now, I’ve beaten my head against the concept of wu-wei, an esoteric bit of a mind-boggle that underlies a lot of the Taoist way of walking.

What to say about wu-wei?  Even trying to describe it makes the people doing the explaining dizzy.

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