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I was comparing notes yesterday with another writer friend, finding the commonality in our work lives, where we both move from one emergency to the next. Very few organizations have the luxury of planning work anymore.

People might like very much to plan, but their plates are too full. Everything is compressed and accelerated because of that. Planners are like dinosaurs in our business, dismissed as out-of-touch. You may find yourself on the wrong side of a lot of good people just by suggesting a plan. We’ve accepted speed as a fact of life, not necessarily valued as exceptional, but regarded as a required minimum standard.

Our conversation turned to the ritual of personal blogging—how much harder it is than it looks to consistently publish good content, how underestimated the commitment is when first undertaken.

That discussion sparked an idea worth sharing. Remember? I said I wouldn’t update my personal blog unless I had something helpful to add. Of course, you don’t. Why would you?

Getting a grip

That’s just the crux of the matter. My writer friend and I shared the same experience of stepping back after years of personal blogging. We lamented how we roved the planet in search of stories, how we occasionally resorted to vapid, no-nothing posts that offered not one whit of value to anyone, and finally, how we groveled with apologies when we failed to post on a regular basis.

Like anyone cares. “What a millennial thing to do,” my friend says. “To assume that people are out there just waiting for my voice, wondering why in the world they haven’t heard from me.” Indeed.

It’s only been a week and a half since my brother-in-law died. And guess what? The sun still rises and sets. Life goes on. People still set deadlines and make commitments. We’re still planning (or not planning) what we’ll do tomorrow and the day after that. Some learn from experience and some don’t.

From death, we may draw a certain amount of perspective on life and then quickly lose it. We may go back to living as though everything we think or want is important, forgetting that we may not draw another breath.

Or we can begin to live as though we are not the center of the world, that our problems, ambitions and desires don’t matter as much as our ability to live beyond them.

What if we lived today in a larger dimension? How would it change today?
I hope this post finds you living from the hope, joy and kindness of a more infinite world than this one, which isn’t built to last, much less to satisfy our every yearning while we’re in it. I hope you’re retreating from the world when it drives you to exhaustion. I’m right there with you, trying my best.

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.

P.S. Indy friends, please join me next Tuesday, May 19 at Yogulatte, 1032 Main Street in Speedway for Accelerate Your Accessories, starting at 6:30 p.m. I’ve never hosted such a party, but my friend Audra Wolfe has become a jeweler for Premier Designs. I adore Audra and jewelry, so I stepped outside my comfort zone, just as she did when she started this enterprise.

Audra is a sartorial genius and can help you accessorize even the most perplexing garments. (If you plan to come, please leave a comment here today or drop me an email or Facebook message, so I’ll know how many cupcakes to bring!)

I can’t imagine that the jewelry wouldn’t hook you, but if it doesn’t, at least come for the cupcakes and frozen yogurt! I would love to see you. If you can’t come but want to see the jewelry, here’s her website: audrawolfe.mypremierdesigns.com. (Use the password Bling to shop. If you see something you want, contact me and I’ll add it to my order and deliver it to you later.)