Saturday, November 19, 2016

Some Words I Have Found Useful

My current non-fiction book is Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider. I'm only a few essays in and have already found some gems I want to print out and pin up for constant remembering...

The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes we hope to bring about through those lives.
As we learn to bear the intimacy of scrutiny and to flourish within it, as we learn to use the products of that scrutiny for power within our living, those fears which rule our lives and form our silences begin to lose their control over us.
What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say?
We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired.

And then, from Seth Godin's blog posts of the last week or so:

The memories we rehearse are the ones we live with

...Lots of people have had similar experiences, but none of them are telling themselves quite the same story about it as you are.
Over time, the story is rehearsed... And so the story becomes our memory, the story gets rehearsed ever more, and the story becomes the thing we tell ourselves the next time we need to make a choice.
If your story isn't helping you, work to rehearse a new story instead.
Because it's our narrative that determines who we will become.

Sometimes, the wind is at our back, the resources are easily acquired and good karma increases our ability to do great work.
Other times, it feels like we're up against it, that the wind has shifted, that there's not a lot of opportunity or momentum.
It's in those times that, "what are you working on?" becomes a vital question, a lifeline to get us from here to there...
We each have a platform, access to tools, a change we'd like to make in the world around us. We each have a chance to connect, to see, to lead.
And it's not, at least right now, fun or easy. It might not even seem like you've got a shot, or that the wind is too harsh.
Persist. It matters.

It's fun to imagine what we'd do if we had a magic wand...
They stopped making magic wands a millenia ago.
Now that you know that there are no magic wands, a better question is probably:
What do you care enough about that you're prepared to expose yourself to fear, risk and hard work to get?

And today's soundtrack is brought to us by Ms. Sharon Jones, may she rest in peace.


(My apologies for the messed up fonts... nothing I was doing was making them uniform - in fact, all my efforts were only making it worse. I've given up.)

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