Linchpin & Salons

I like audio books like Linchpin by Seth Godin, they help charge my personal batteries and press me to do something. I’ve enjoyed several of Godin’s books, but I think Linchpin is my favorite. I don’t know why. Maybe, because they remind me that change is possible from any position or point. Maybe, because them help me reaffirm that my art is something real. That doing what I love is something I should be doing.

When I listened to Godin’s Tribes,I remembered feeling fired up, but not really knowing what to do with that energy. I often feel like paralyzed by choice. That I want to do everything and don’t know where to start. Then I’m reminded to just start! Doing the work. Producing something and getting out the door is the point or at least the start. Godin calls it your art, your real work.

He talks about fighting the distractions and the Lizard Brain. As he gives his examples, I can see them at work in the life around me.

Sunday, I hosted a Women’s Book Salon. One person attended. My friend Toni Orrill, who has a deep faith. We’d both chosen to read about women who led religious lives.  I’d read about Margery Kempe and she’d read about St. Teresa and about a missionary’s wife who’s name is escaping me at the moment (I’ll have to ask again).  As she was telling me about St. Teresa and ‘soul work’ the words she was using to describe this where the same words that Godin had used in Linchpin.

It was so odd to here these echoes in my mind. One about building your inner castle and working on your soul while fighting the distractions or serpents. The other about finding your true work, your art while fighting the distractions of modern life and your Lizard Brain.

We talked about these parallels for a while before delving back into the lives of the women we’d chosen to read about and the back to our own lives. It was a great conversation.

I always want to read everything. I become curious about the stories presented to me everyday. When the stories and ideas come together like this (I can’t help imaging spider webs in my mind) it is like a magic moment that gives me an amazing amount of energy that I can’t wait to channel into new projects.

What charges your batteries? What ideas have come together for you lately?

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One Response

  1. I’ve had Linchpin on my Amazon wishlist forever, but I’ve had too many books piling up waiting for the semester to end for me to consider it at the moment. But I do love when I read something and something else just clicks inside that’s been waiting to click and for brief moments everything seems to be in place.

    I don’t know what charges my batteries, other than giving myself a place to be alone and without feeling the urgency to to anything. I don’t know what ideas have come together for me because I’ve struggled with my inner mean girl all semester, who delights in telling me I’m going to suck at being a counselor. But then I remember all those years I would sit and fantasize about my ideal life, and no matter what I was doing, or where I lived, or who I was with in it, I was helping people. So I have to accept this is where I belong and tell inner mean girl to suck it.

    I’m sorry again I didn’t make it to the Book Salon. I am all over the next one, though!

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