“You can’t free anybody else and you can’t serve anybody else unless you free yourself”Nelson Mandela
You are not an accident. You are a singular piece in the giant jigsaw puzzle that is this world. This jigsaw puzzle is not a 50 piece puzzle, nor a 250 piece puzzle… it is a 7 billion piece puzzle. I find it frustrating when my daughter and I put together a 50 piece puzzle and find that there are only 49 pieces. We can’t finish the game. The great puzzle needs your piece. Whatever you are given, you need to pass it on with integrity, humility and generosity.
The greatest anger is the anger at ourselves for not living up to what we know we are capable of. Hell is not after death, hell is the moment before death when a human being looks back on all the wasted potential.
“What you can be, you must be” Abraham Maslow.
Honestly expressing yourself.
The greatest gift you can give to those around you is your own shining self belief and glorious sense of meaning in what you do. If you don’t have it, only you can do the work to get it. If you have it, only you can keep doing what it takes to keep it.
The opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy. Love is not easy. Love is hard. Doing the work that needs to get done, overcoming the devil in me that avoids the work is the course of love. Allowing the resistance, the procrastination to win is the course of apathy. Apathy leads to self-hate, which builds to resentment and then is shared with others in bitterness and cruelty.
Stephen Pressfield speaks powerfully about the Resistance. It is a force within each of us that stops us from doing the work that really matters.
The 3 big voices of my personal resistance are:
The Last 5% is the Hard Part
Starting is easy. There are no prizes for starting the marathon. You get the medal for finishing. Most people I know are good at starting. Few people I know are good at finishing.
The closer you get to the end, the stronger the Resistance grows.
“An artist never finishes a work, he abandons it.”Pablo Picasso
Here are a few of many ways I bring these voices into my life to procrastinate and avoid finishing important work.
- They won’t let me
- I am too young
- I am too old
- I am only one person
- I don’t know enough
- I am not a guru
- This could be embarrassing
- This will be embarrassing
- This is too touchy-feely
- I won’t get paid for this
- This isn’t business stuff
- I have to finish the things I have already started
- Seth Godin has already said it better than I can
- I’ll do it tomorrow/later/after this coffee
- Who am I to think I know something special about this?
- I’ve got plenty of time next week
- I’ve got plenty of time this year
- I’ll do it this summer
- I’ll do it after the summer
- I need to do a little bit more research
- Who’s going to read this anyway?
- [¡¡¡ insert your own excuse here
That’s just 21… I have many, many more…