February 24th, 2020, 9 am: I meet my neighbor down at the garage.
He approaches me: “Hi neighbor, I’ve seen your Facebook post… Isn’t a bit self-celebratory?”
I’m surprised: he doesn’t have a clue on what I do with InSpiral, and I find this comment superficial and judgemental.
“I don’t think so; I just wanted to share my gratitude for something I‘m passionate about, something that gives me joy and purpose. But thanks for your feedback, I’ll think about it.”
Six months later, I’m going to reflect on the topic of “Celebration.”
More than once in the past, I’ve received insights that “I don’t celebrate enough.” It might be true. In most of the activities I embark on, I tend to be visionary, but I also focus on getting things done. And after any accomplishment, I don’t linger too much on achievements and successes: I move on towards the next milestone, project, or big idea. …
“Follow your dreams. Bla Bla Bla”. Once again a quote in my social media feed this week.
I get it; this narrative seems inspiring, but what does it imply?
What if I don’t know what my dreams are… yet?
What if “having a dream” is in itself a journey with twists and turns, a rollercoaster with cycles of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction?
I vividly remember, as a child, having this idea that “I had a mission.” I had no clue what that meant, but that thought was in my mind since I was probably 5 or 6 years old. Occasionally, I would wake up at night and experience mini panic attacks, and I remember telling myself: “Well, I can’t die because I have a mission.” …
Whenever you are stronger, you have power. Use that power for protection and support, not for fighting.
When you are the boss, you have power on your subordinates. You can influence their career, their satisfaction with their work, their income, and their development. Use that power to give people meaning, health, and growth.
When you are the parent, the teacher, the mentor, the leader, you have power. You impact what people learn, how they feel about themselves and the world, their life choices. Use that power to lead by example, uplift, encourage and appreciate.
When you’re older and wiser, you have power. Use that power to share what you learned and to teach consideration, patience, and sobriety. …