In the music world, “unplugged” is synonymous with the occasional very raw and real show with no amplification, editing, or effects. In the blog world, it means that I’m not editing or going in any particular order with the following seven Monday (or rather, Sunday evening) thoughts…
1 – Junk Drawer blog will continue
The Sequel to the Junk Drawer blog will be posted next. I just flew back from DC, and it’s raining hard here. My focus isn’t so great, so I decided to write random thoughts rather than try to be coherent.
2 – “Rain Falls. Money Comes.”
This is an affirmation I created years ago. As the rain splooshes on the skylights, I’m reminded of it. I started saying it in my head any time I caught myself getting hooked by public panic about drought. Around that same time, I realized that almost every self-employed person I knew (including me at that time) could get panicky about the next client, the next gig, the next sale – you name it. And they’d often run themselves ragged for fear of the money running out. I have no idea what made me come up with these two simple sentences together. But honestly, it’s one of the best affirmations I’ve ever used.
3 – Sold out show
My performance at Jammin Java sold out on Saturday night. Thank you, dear reader, for letting friends know about it. I hope the people who emailed me about coming were able to get in! It was a fun night!
4 – “Well, folks…”
I wonder if there’s a required course at Commercial Jet Pilot School called, “Well, Folks.”
In the class, all commercial pilots would learn this little opening greeting and the importance of introducing bad news with it. They would spend the entire course rehearsing things like, “Well, folks…it looks like we’re gonna be experiencing some turbulence here, so I’m going to put the seatbelt light on.” Or “Well, folks, it looks like the folks at air traffic control are concerned about the weather in Charlotte, so we’re going to sit here on the runway for another hour.” I imagine that using “folks” several times in one sentence would net them a higher grade. (After all, it’s hard for a passenger who is “Folks” to get angry at other “Folks” at air traffic control.)
5 – Great Big Dreams e-Seminar
I’m teaching my six-week Great Big Dreams e-Seminar again in April. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6 – Dog Delight
My dog was so happy to see me that she threw her entire body into a pile of Let’s-Not-Speculate-What when we walked through the field late this afternoon. The ride back home was aromatic bliss. (I swear she was actually smiling.)
7 – “The soul won’t invest in a compromise.”
Last week, I was in Shepherdstown, WV teaching the Federal Government how to be creative. (One of my regular training gigs.) One of the coaches on the staff was talking with the group about jobs and fulfillment. He was bold enough to talk about the soul. And he said, “The soul won’t invest in a compromise.” I love that. It’s so true.