HELLO; IT’S ME…
Hello, and please allow me to introduce myself:
My name is David, and I used to be a dedicated blogger on this very site. I’m the guy one who used to send out a post (or two) each week… Remember? No?
These posts were meant to educate, inspire and/or incite readers to throw their hands up in the air and shriek out “Hell Yeah!”… Does any of this ring a bell for you? Still no?
If not, you can certainly be forgiven, and here’s why:
Note that I said that “I used to” send out posts because for two and a half years that’s what happened. In the latter half of 2016 however, blog posts took a back seat to a couple of other projects which took up all my time.
And by “back seat”, I don’t mean a Smart Car back seat; I mean more like a stretch limo back seat. In fact TWO stretch limo back seats!
In case you are curious, these projects were/are (a) Writing my book, and (b) Working on being a better human being; and since both projects are what intellectual types coin “deep work” they required way more than just a little attention, hence the dearth in blog posts.
All this making sense so far? Good.
Since the book is about my life, and my life is what provides the fodder for my book means these two projects are oddly intertwined. They actually feed off of each other.
But here’s the thing: I now see that writing the blog each week was the glue that held these two together, and is what ultimately made them part of a much bigger picture.
But without this weekly glue-influx of discipline and creativity, neither project has remained as strong or effective as it should have, especially in the latter part of the year. And to be honest, it hurts to admit this.
But my annual year-end review made it obvious: As of late, both projects (especially the second one) have suffered, with evidence pointing to me needing to use a much BETTER quality of glue in my process.
As in a higher quality glue. A much more concentrated glue. A glue that lasts longer and sticks better and does exactly what it’s supposed to do, which is hold shit together for the long term.
Definitely NOT the crappy glue I used the past six months; or more recently, six weeks.*
I need a glue that fills the all cracks needing to be filled, yet at the same time one that cleverly forgoes the cracks that – as Leonard Cohen beautifully noted – lets the light in. Because God knows we could all use some more fucking light these days, and I’m no exception.
So clearly I’m talking about some very special glue.
And so this inaugural post of 2017 is my attempt at a new – and hopefully improved – glue, one designed to navigate the peculiar yet important landscape I’ve described. I’ve done my best to formulate it using the same ingredients that I’m using to drive the two aforementioned projects forward; one to conclusion, the other indefinitely.
“So?” you may be wondering, “What are these special ingredients you speak of? Ingredients meant to permeate everything you say, do and create?” I’m so glad you asked.
Kindness. Connection. Achievement; and as you’ll see from the picture above I’ve posted them boldly on my goals board where I can see them all the time. I wanted to ensure they’re at the forefront of everything I say, do and create do this year, because it’s important they are.
This much I do know: Without these three particular ingredients, the glue won’t know which cracks in my two projects to fill, and which ones to pass over. We don’t want to make a mess of things by ignoring and filling the wrong cracks!
Hence why my three word formula for the glue that holds my work, my life is always posted were I can see it. It’s so I never forget any one of these ingredients again.
WHAT’S IN YOUR GLUE?
How about you? How is your glue? Is it doing the job to fill and miss the right cracks in your own life? Is it helping you get you where you want to be or do you need some new ingredients? If so, which ingredients would be most fitting to add? It’s a great question to ask ourselves, and here’s why:
Because as painful as the answers may be, it may be what’s needed for us to move forward with things important to our hearts. This much I did learn in 2016.
So let’s all make sure we create the perfect glue for our individual situations. And once we have, let’s apply the living shit out of it in 2017 and kill it! Sound good?
And with that said, I send blessings and love to you all, and Thank you again for being amazing.
*When I should have been more sensitive to someone important to me, I was just the opposite. Not cool. So I’m also hoping that 2017 is a year of forgiveness.