I have neglected you, dear Bouffon Droppings.
I have been busy and have some news. You have a sister. She’s called Dusty Shoes. I know you will understand as you are part of the reason Dusty Shoes exists. And, she likes you.
Here is her image, and she asks for your patience as she comes to complete fruition in the next 4 weeks.
Every Thursday morning at 7:00 I start my day with a rollicking, yet professional meeting with the Think Referrals Business Network. We have our breakfast, present our 60 second updates, maybe watch a presentation and/or discuss some of our business challenges. And, we have fun.
Some of the challenges that emerged today related to sales.
Sales. A scary word that conjures up plaid jacketed, smoking, slick used car salesmen and buyer’s remorse. EEK… But, this word is what we all do, all the time. Ask Daniel H. Pink! His newly released book “To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others” addresses this very issue. I love Dan Pink’s books (“A Whole New Mind” “Drive”) and this one is another goody. I recommend reading all three.
Pink discusses how we all work in sales, “whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.”
Or a homeless person asking for help.
When I left the meeting this morning, I was almost to my car when a rough, albeit gentle, thin looking man approached me and started talking.
Cup of tea in hand, birds chirping on the balcony (five dollars of bird seed is good entertainment value), I stare at my computer on this last day of 2012 and wonder what brilliance I can bring to my final post of the year.
I’m not sure.
I could review my year, as so many of us do. And, or, I could dash off my hopes and dreams for the New Year. Or, I could expound on the absurdity of a “new” year when time is time and just goes by day by day, and really, is anything different?
But, there is that psychological component. A new beginning. A new slate. New ideas. New resolutions. A new agenda, literally and figuratively. I get that, and somehow, am seduced by the idea. And, maybe that’s okay.
Last year, inspired by Chris Brogan (a great guy to follow), I chose three words for 2012, which I spoke aloud at the end of my stretching routine each morning. Embark, manage, and focus. “Embark” meant I needed to explore and do things that took me out of my comfort zone. “Manage” meant improving how I took care of my business and personal life. “Focus” meant to hone in, and not be so much of a multi-tasker (nice way of saying “scattered”?).
How did I do?
Not bad. I did undertake actions that challenged me. Jumping on a plane to another country when I hadn’t travelled for a while, hiring a business coach, being a student, saying no more, and writing more regularly and publically were a few. Focusing continues to be an ongoing challenge but I’m substantially more aware when I float away from an unfinished task and pull myself back. (Now I’ve added cute little birds feeding on the balcony, I’ll have to work harder at not drifting!) And, because my focus has improved, my “managing” has followed suit. Choosing to let go of old ideas for my business has also helped to hone in. (My biz coach gave me a thumbs up!)
So, dare I be hopeful for 2013? Boldly, I declare yes! In the latter part of 2012, I committed to a venture that will take me massively out of my comfort zone in 2013 (overlapping resolutions!) but closer to an overdue passion. The result will reveal itself in August at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the form of a one woman show – written, performed by yours truly.
Insert a big gulp!
There is much ado about following your dreams, your goals, and taking that leap of faith into an area where fear loves to herd in all obstacles. Magazine articles, inspirational seminars, self-help books, and even advertising all coach you to follow your passion. There’s a lot of pressure to rise to your potential and attain everything you want in life.
But, what if you are happy to just plod along and enjoy your day to day activities, your day job, and your surroundings. Does that make you less somehow? No, it makes you purely in line with life. Maybe you don’t have a burning desire for a big dream. Maybe you’re content with good conversations, good meals, sharing coffee with friends, being there for loved ones, exploring a new path in the woods. And, maybe that is enough.
So… where ever your energies lead you, to a good coffee shop or to be a world renowned speaker, I wish you peace, satisfaction, and a gathering of good stories to entertain your imagination. And, I challenge you to open your eyes wide, and just check in to see if there is a way to make a moment a wee bit more special. (Maybe it’s putting chocolate flakes in your coffee, or a random act of kindness to a stranger.)
Happy New Year and Good Health to you and your tribe.
I have a newsletter. It’s been neglected lately, but I’m excited to be back on track. And, probably contrary to most business suggestions, I do not publish to the grand public because I figure, if you are subscribed, you are there for the special juicy bits that only YOU get to see!
Maybe later on down the road I might share “old” newsletters to the general public. As of yet, that has not happened.
That being said… if you would like to join, I’d be happy if you came on board for our secret “Buffoon Culture” club.
Here’s a wee taste what was in the second last newsletter!
Creativity tips… (original from yours truly!)
2. Have you got any hidden hobbies that you have let slip lately? These days we spend so much time on the computer that we forget that we used to draw, paint, sew, or whatever it is you “used to” do. Take an hour or so, schedule it in, and do something…. and tell me about it!
You will also get to read an interview each month with a real life bouffon! (their human reveals all)
Today March 27 World Theatre Day celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with a succinct & pertinent speech by John Malkovich. Fifty years….. It’s amazing that fifty years later there are so many people who still aren’t aware of this celebration.
I took it on as a mission today to make sure that a whole bunch of people would become enlightened by a simple gesture. I made my sign. Put on my runners and a smile. Then hit the streets with no fanfare.
It worked! One person CAN make a difference.
I had conversations about theatre, plays, musicals, husbands who won’t go, time that doesn’t allow, people who loved theatre in Europe, good memories, the politics (especially recently) and I even made some play suggestions that were received positively. I We all laughed. I felt happy as I brought smiles to people….(isn’t that sort of live theatre?) Some cars honked and the drivers gave me the thumbs up.
Now, back at home I feel good that I stirred up a little bit in my quiet community. The dry cleaning man said, “Why isn’t there a parade?” Well… maybe next year, I’ll instigate a parade!
Here are some people I met who didn’t know about WTD (except one…guess who?)
I dedicate this World Theatre Day to those who continue to make theatre despite the trials & tribulations, and this world of high technology. Vive Le Theatre… Nous allons continuer!
(did you guess the one person who knew about World Theatre Day?)