Archive for the ‘Shifts in thought’ Category
Sun rises later, now
lower in the sky
Shards of light cut deeper across fertile land.
Just after High Noon peaks
End of Day squeezes the brightness down
into tight fists of Never Enough.
What once delights mellows with old love,
potent and pure in its remains
ripples in satisfaction more subtle and soft,
stepping back from the heart to the gut without regret.
Feeling in the bones a release of grit and sweat,
moving with ease and shine
into a season of slowing down and letting go.
“They wondered nonetheless about the curious net of obligations, failings, coincidences, and events that seem to tie everything together, even for those who think they are free … maybe there are laws of obligation which bind us to patterns that we can’t see and to tasks that we don’t perceive.”
-Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale
“It’s your job,” my husband cries out, waking me from a good stretch of slumber.
“Are you awake?” I ask.
I am, and I don’t fall back to sleep for hours.
Later, when my husband is awake, I ask him about his late night outburst. He tells me about his dream … he is getting ready to host the Beatles at his hotel, and he’s summoned the staff together for a pep talk. He tells them what needs to be done to make the place ready. “It’s your job,” he says …
“That’s funny,” I say. “I woke up this morning singing, ‘Let it be.’”
He nods, and knows how I feel.
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
From this, our mantra for today –for many days- is revealed.
And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
The comings, the goings, the ups, the downs, the beginnings and ends of life.
This is how I learn to conjugate verbs in French. Funny thing is, I can’t remember how the phrase relates to speaking the French language … it’s become more meaningful to me in English.
The very affordable “$10 A Month?” message hardly registers, given the huge-front-and-center “WTF”. For me, the real eye candy is the fresh explanation for this particular acronym: “Wow That’s Fantastic.” As I smile, thinking to myself, It’s all in your perspective, I also wonder, Is the world ready for a new meaning of WTF?
Go travel the “WWW” for an answer. This billboard has been seen across the country for at least six months or more. There’s a Facebook page devoted to it, a YouTube video, television news stories plus a plethora of blog posts having this conversation. Apparently, this WTF gets people talking. Or is it Planet Fitness? I can’t tell.
It appears that a Florida-based agency called Anson-Stoner is responsible for the bold purple-and-yellow ad campaign –although they’re not taking credit publicly (i.e., on the website) for this, the most outrageous creative, which is not out of line with the rest of the messaging (see example to the left). It’s a pretty attention-grabbing campaign, Anson-Stoner.
But I digress.
It really is all in your perspective. “Give me a break, WTF has been around a lot longer than the abbreviation used for potty language,” comments Trevor Michael Rogers on Facebook. “WTF stands for World Taekwondo Federation where I come from.” There it is. On the Planet Fitness, it means “Wow That’s Fantastic” … and Janet Planet agrees.
Yes silence. Yes loving up my kitty-kids. Yes crackling fire and candlelight. Yes losing myself once more in the words of Mark Helprin … in the movement, the memory, the song.
Awesomeness-only from Mother Nature.
No greater yes reward.
I like to browse the jobs section of the Cirque du Soleil website –especially the On Stage section. Right now, there’s an opening for a Skipper (Are you a rope skipper seeking a new venue for your passion?) It’s funny how the needs of such a magical employer can bring you back to your truth.
Right now, I like the sound of being a Customer Experience Architect (Are you a designer of optimal customer experiences seeking a new venue for your passion?) You’d be responsible for things like:
-creating a business strategy for the customer experience across multi-channel product
-leading the cultural transformation of internal employees
-providing intuitive Experience Designs
-ideating contextual scenario designs used to drive customer experiences
You’d need to be qualified in things like Human Factor Design and User Experience Design. You’d probably need to be a Thinker, a Communicator and a Writer, I expect.
It’s funny how just capitalizing these roles makes them seem worthy of a salary.
My next big thing. That’s what is on my mind lately.
Do I need a reinvention or an intervention?
On a clear day, I recently enjoyed lunch high above Seattle at the Sky City Restaurant in the Space Needle. The drink cozies have a tagline printed on the front: Live the View. I brought one home with me as a reminder – if you’ve ever seen the sight of Puget Sound and the surrounding area from up there, you understand.
I’m trying to live the view, embrace the wisdom of uncertainty. It’s usually where I find my next big thing.