10,000 steps. 10,000 words.
Submitted by Christine Wood on Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:59
It’s a new year and this is what’s been on my mind.
This year, I will also:
My love of gadgets, technology and online connectivity means I spend way too much time in front of my personal computing devices – desktop + mobile.
Walking slows me down, quiets my monkey-mind and creates space for those big gig ideas and flashes of inspiration to emerge.
Pay attention to the pause.
As a social business consultant, it’s my job to listen to our clients and then provide technology, training and organizational solutions.
Deadlines, financial constraints and complex operating environment means the work is never dull. It’s also important to deliver creative results in a compressed timeframe.
And, I do.
But amidst all this busy-ness, it’s important to pause.
The pause holds power. It becomes a form of prayer or meditation.
And, it highlights the way forward.
Play more music.
Science confirms that we are hard-wired to respond to music. As William Congreve first told us: Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.
My best poetry comes when I’m listening to soulful Greek ballads.
My best business thought pieces come when I’m listening to NPR.
It’s time, once again, to befriend Tori Amos, Holly Cole and Loreena McKennitt.
Read more poetry.
The work of the poet
is to name what is holy:
the spring snow
that hides unevenness
but also records
a dog walked at lunchtime,
the hieroglyphs of birds,
pawprints of a life
tiny but resolute.
- Diane Ackerman
I am a poet at heart.
It’s what defines me and allows me to use simple, clear language to explain complex ideas to our clients.
It’s what makes me a good public speaker and trainer.
I believe a poem can be a catalyst for positive change – in the workplace, at home, in the community and society at large.
I am not alone.
It’s why over a dozen governments, including Canada and the US, appoint their own Poet Laureates to compose poems for significant events.
One of my good friends, now living and painting in the land down under, unearthed a small scrap of paper that held my wishes for 2012.
I’d scribbled my desires and placed them in her wishing well more than 5 years ago:
- to write creatively,
- to publish professionally,
- and, to speak, publicly as my full-time career.
That means sharing both my big gig and often, mundane, chicken scratches online. It’s a big hairy audacious goal: 10,000 words a month, 120,000 words a year.
Are you ready?