If you’ve had a rotten day, poetry helps. I guarantee it.
The Laughing Heart
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
Seth Godin is my daily source of entrepreneurial inspiration.
I bring his tidbits to meetings with clients, scribble them in my journal, post them on my bulletin board, or just store them away in my head.
Here’s his classic Venn diagram from his book Linchpin – a good reminder about the recipe for success. Got all three? You are as good as gold. Lacking in one? Surround yourself with diverse people or adapt your work environment to help you compensate:
Brain Pickings is described as a “Lego Treasure Chest”. Dip into its well, and take the time to ponder.
This little Nugget, entitled How to find your purpose and do what you love had me thinking:
What is the one thing that lights you up; the one thing that you absolutely love doing?
I love interviewing people (which actually means giving people a safe place to tell their story, and listening), gathering up their stories and throwing them into a big pot and stirring them around and seeing the magic that comes out of that brew.
That’s what lights me up. How about you?
There’s a story about the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.
It seems a woman came up to him and asked him to sketch something on a piece of paper.
He sketched it, and gave it back to her saying: “That will cost you $10,000″.
She was astounded. “You took just five minutes to do the sketch,” she said. Isn’t $10,000 a lot for five minutes work?
“The sketch may have taken me five minutes, but the learning took me a lifetime” Picasso retorted.