Prompted by this wonderful quote from Cheryl Strayed (she of Wild fame), and further by this post on Facebook from Justin Brooke, our conversation is about becoming unbusy and creating a life of meaning.
I am further inspired in this context today and always by:
- Wayne Dyer’s 2009 movie Ambition to Meaning also known as The Shift
- This post from Anne Lamott
- John Lennon’s lyrics in his song Beautiful Boy which says “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”
And Nicola is inspired by Lisa Warner’s YouTube channel called A Life Full of Meaning.
Cheryl, Justin, Wayne, Anne, John, Lisa, Nicola and me are/were all on a journey of this discovery ourselves encouraged by resources such as those listed above, encouraged by words such as these from Anne Lamott’s post just in case you didn’t bother to click that link yet.
“I sometimes teach classes on writing, during which I tell my students every single thing I know about the craft and habit. This takes approximately 45 minutes. I begin with my core belief—and the foundation of almost all wisdom traditions—that there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.
Then I bring up the bad news: You have to make time to do this.”
Plagued by what must have been the single worst audio connection under which Nicola and I have ever laboured to create a podcast, we attempt to debate these fascinating issues. I remind her that despite the fact that Own It! is called Your Business AND Your Life, it took us more than the entirety of the first year before we even got around to talking about LIFE until she got one by moving to Greece. And that was the same liberation from ambition I found by selling my accountancy business in 1997 when I was 42. Next? I looked for something to do which is meaningful and found it in coaching, all ambitions long since satisfied.
This happens at a different and unique time in everyone’s life. Indeed I still have clients who seek to create meaning in their lives via the work they do and the businesses they run and these things are most certainly not mutually exclusive, quite the opposite.
I know some people who never felt ambition, and some who felt the need for meaning creep up on them much sooner than it did even for me. All of this changes for all of us all of the time, and what appears to hold meaning one day can just evaporate into meaninglessness overnight, and vice versa.
What can we do? Just keep on creating our lives day by day to provide us with the time of our life and the very best opportunities to do what we want, incorporating the values which are important to us. To Cheryl Strayed those values include kindness and love. Love was also important to Stephen Hawking who died the day before our podcast recording so we mention him a couple of times too. And for Anne Lamott, it is creative expression and a life spent quietly in beauty. That’s what I want. That’s what my clients want too....for Anne Lamott, it is creative expression and a life spent quietly in beauty. That's what I want. That's what my clients want too. #ownit https://ownitthepodcast.com/173 Click To Tweet
In other news, Nicola’s encouraging a local taverna to get a Facebook Page despite some dire warnings she then goes on to give us about the organic reach of FB Pages and even within FB groups. She’s also wearing some new blue Mum jeans and matches my shaggy dog story about chasing ten bucks’ worth of foreign currency all over the south east of England with one of her own about Steph’s search for faster broadband in Kalamata. I tell her that the day of our recording, 15th March, is known as the Ides of March and that my own fire has been fuelled by reading my weekly Newsy Newsletter into my much newer podcast. We discuss why we both dread and love the same certain elements of our marketing work.
Our Words of the Week are Numpty (mine) and Streamline (hers).
In Project Updates, Nicola takes on a new Done For You client this Friday after a full and frank exchange of views, honesty upfront being regarded by us both as A Good Thing. And I tell her I have sold 102 books and opened a new Facebook Page for my Fabulous Adventure about which I am in two minds, the Page not the Adventure!
And finally we are impressed by Stephen Hawking outliving his doctors’ life-expectancy diagnosis by more than 40 years (and by a few others things too, of course!) and Nicola recommends The Wonder, a book by Emma Donoghue who wrote The Room.