Topics: Anne Lamott on Life and Writing, Theory U & Change, Gorilla Marketing, Meditation, more…
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Syd Sujuaan
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
ANNE LAMOTT ON LIFE AND WRITING
“A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God [“not me”], death and more.”
The bottom line: Take it step by step, and remember first drafts are always aweful. Keep your butt in the chair. And that’s true for more than writing. One more idea I loved: If people want you to talk better about them, they should’ve behaved better in the first place. No reason to keep your mouth shut.
THEORY U – HOW TO LEAD FROM THE FUTURE AS IT EMERGES
This is a online course on “Theory U” by Otto Scharmer. Sharmer proposes, that we collectively create results that noone wants. That’s true for ecological, social and personal factors. Collectively we agree that change need’s to happen, but we often don’t agree on the how.
He also describes the overview effect. You might want to check out this video, as Scharmer refers to it, too, in the course. Last line in the video says we need to take a look at our self to find solutions. Or as Scharmer says in the course, the causes of current disconnects have their roots in our patterns of thinking, our paragdims of thought. What we need is a shift in awareness, from “ego-centric” to “eco-centric”.
One big shift Schmarmer suggests a shift from learning from the past to observing, retreating and reflecting, and prototyping solutions. Theory U is used to “cosense and coshape the future that is wanting to emerge”. That way we might end wanting to build walls to combat symptoms, and start creating sustainable solutions, e.g. for current refugee challenges.
ARTICLES I ENJOYED
- Meditations calming effects pinpointed in brain
- The Kettlebell Windmill 101
- Protective Effects of Olive Oil on the Brain
- Brain Scans Identify 4 Types of Depression
TEST: ARE YOU A DIMINISHER?
Seth Godin catalysed starting this work of mine – the weeklies. Heard him say: “What’s the smallest thing you can do to benefit the people you care about?”. I’m paraphrasing. This recent post by Seth called Gorilla marketing made me wonder if there’s something I should add, or change. “We don’t need more hustle. We need more care and generosity.” Please let me know.
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