Long post - get coffee.
A few weeks ago I was invited to join a scrapbookers Circle Journal (Yes, Chrissy - that was you). Basically, a bunch of artists create their own scrapbooks with many empty pages and them mail them to the next person on the list - who then completes the next page in the book. Then they mail it to the next person... and so on.
Since I'm a self-proclaimed non-scrapbooker I figured if I was going to do this - I better do a good job. I better BRING IT HARD like a renegade non-scrapbooker should. But, nothing came to me.
And then it did. I read a good book called the Art of Possibility (Zander & Zander) and I learned about a similar idea that worked for symphony students. The more I thought about the process - the more it captured me. THIS IS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT... but it worked ON ALL LEVELS. The more I figured a way for it to work for the Circle Journal - the harder it GRABBED my attention. When the thoughts and lines began to gel - I got REALLY JAZZED about this - I change it a bit - and morphed it into something THAT it turns out I never knew I would be SO PASSIONATE about.
I CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THIS.
And if I may be so bold - in the spirit of writing a better future for this world, for ourselves, and for our futures...
I challenge Ali Edwards.
I challenge Donna Downey.
I challenge Claudine Hellmuth.
I challenge Martha Stewart.
I challenge Elsie Flannigan.
I challenge Stacy Julian.
I challenge Oprah.
I challenge our leaders.
I challenge the dudes in suits.
I challenge all STAY AT HOME PARENTS.
I challenge Dan Kostenchuk.
I challenge the little girls at the end of my street.
I challenge everyone AND ANYONE who reads this blog... YOU - the accountants, and lawyers and mothers and cousins and friends and FATHERS.
You don't need to be an artist or a writer. If you've got a future in mind - if you've got HOPE - why not open the channel of possibility to make it what you dream of.
Here are some pics of my circle journal... (Kim it will land in your hands on Tuesday and it is up to you to write your future).
So that's it. NOTHING FANCY. (It's got the chipboard stuck-on-painted-over letters that Ali taught me about in Vancouver.) You don't have to make a book. You don't have to do anything really, but PLEASE think about who you will be in one year and one month and one day from now. How will you and your life change in 396 days?
Today is May 18, 2007. My letter is dated June 19, 2008. Oh, how my life will be different. My image is a cucumber - because I see myself on that date - being calm and cool and taking it all in and loving my life. I put some serious details and wishes in my letter. I was bold and believing. I put it all out there.
You can do this, too. Tell 3 people to tell 3 people...
and let's GO.