I’ve been working so hard at A Small Nation for the past six months. Re-designing the site, working on new content, creating space for our new course. I had almost decided to let go of this site, since I figured a person only needs one blog.
But then Monday, we started this Show and Don’t Tell at A Small Nation, and I made something!
It felt so good to just make something without having to figure out who it was for and what the benefits were. GOOD GOD! I am not even kidding. I had no idea what I was missing.
I’ve also been reading Life is a Verb by Patti Digh (due to Colleen’s recommendation…I read anything she suggests), and the very first sentence is one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
“At some point in your life, you’ll only have thirty-seven days to live. Maybe that day is today. Maybe not.” – Patti Digh, Life is a Verb
I’ve been doing weird things like lighting birthday candles for made-up occasions (like “Good Attitude Day”) and saying “WOW! A SPOON!” every time I come in contact with one.
I’m also doing Patti’s Project 137 which is encouraging me to live fully and be in community with a bunch of other wonderful people who are doing it at the same time.
Then I read this article on how successful people spend the first hour of their day, and one of the things was connecting with someone. So for the past few days, I’ve been doing that. I’ve been reaching out to someone, whether it be a friend or a customer or a peer or some random person I follow on Twitter, and I’ve been looking with curiosity at who they are and what’s going on in their lives. And then I’ve been connecting with them in some way.
That’s what I’m getting ready to do right now. I’m going to go on Twitter, and I’m going to connect with the next person who tweets something in my feed. Even though it’s not the first hour of my day (more like my 12th), this day has been unproductive and I feel like a zombie. I figure being interested in someone else’s life is a good way to get me to stop focusing on my own sucky day and start over. (Actually, there was one hugely bright spot in my day, and that was my Doodles to Noodle session with David Cohen! He was also the inspiration for me to start blogging again.) Hello, tweet:
Oh, it’s Laura Zarrin! And Maria Popova’s selection on Hayley Morris’ work around altzheimers (which I started watching just now but couldn’t; so sad).
After looking at her blog for a bit, I think my favorite thing is this nervous tick. Ha!
I really admire artists who use the web as a promotional tool. It’s got to be a challenge to keep making your art when all of the marketing advice points to “Find a need and fill it!”. Maybe we should start saying “Find a void and fill it”. We’re all such needy creatures, but most of our needs are already met in a multitude of ways. But a void? There’s always a void. And I think art fills a lot of them.
Off to write a note to Laura. And (finally) start my day off on the right foot.