ExtraVirginOLiVEoil… WHAT?

I’ve been reading a lot about blogging lately and they all insist that in order to be successful you need a schedule. Your audience needs a program, to know what to expect. A rhythm to your flow, so to speak… I don’t know if I agree. So far, I’ve been writing whenever the inspiration has struck. Sometimes, it is in the middle of the day, yes, right in the middle of the work day. I’m sure my employer is thrilled! Other times, it’s when I wake up or at the end of the day after my thoughts have had sufficient time to stew and boil, until the words can wait no more. I’m vigilant about what I write. I’m not censoring myself, no, that’s not what I mean. I think that doing is more important than succeeding and the how is more important than the when, where and what. So, I simply write… doing so without any calculation of the outcome. I write about anything and everything that interests me. I search for the essence in the things that motivate and move me. You know, grandma’s recipe to that secret sauce, the perfect combination of love, kindness and self-transformation! My tone is decisively optimistic and if I had a slogan it would be, GO FOR IT!
But, there is a nagging question of what? What do I have to say about anything in this world? What do I, a B writer on a good day, have to contribute that hasn’t already been done by millions before me? I think about this a lot; because the last thing I want to convey is that my life is some sort of example on how to live. Like I have any of the answers… I don’t. I’m not an expert in anything. I’m just a girl in progress… trying to evolve. Still, I feel there is something bigger than me happening here, so what the heck, man? What is my issue? What am I doing? What gives?!?!
Two things happened over the weekend to guide me towards an answer:
1. I was watching Meet the Press this morning, as is my Sunday morning ritual, and here is what I learned: Our country is evolving. The Middle East is evolving. Eurasia is evolving. If we, as individuals, don’t evolve then we are going to miss a golden opportunity in the history of the world. It doesn’t get any more direct than that, does it? This past presidential election is a prime example of what happens when you are unwilling to evolve your cause and rhetoric. You lose. If you think about it, history has always been shaped by a handful of forward-thinking individuals who were able to see around corners before anyone else. If, in the next few months, individuals in Washington, in Gaza, in Warsaw, in Tehran, in Lahore, in your city wherever you are, aren’t able to come together, abandoning old ideals and yesterday’s promises, evolving with the times, then we will have missed an opportunity to advance the purpose of our civilization.
I’m realizing an important truth about the times in which we are living. It is fluid. The power structure in the world is shifting and the world is getting flatter and more transparent with the help of technology. With it comes the power to the individual… to people like you and me to change, evolve the world with our words, thoughts and actions. The citizens of tomorrow are not interested in hierarchy; they are increasingly leaning towards autonomy, in my opinion. They will want more and more ownership of the world around them, more elasticity with their work, blurring the lines between public and private work.
2. I read an article in the Harvard Business Review which instructed that you should write your resume as it will be in the future and work backwards in order to be successful. Figure out what skills are needed to be hired for the position you want and set a timeline to get them. I’m a lowly worker in the corporate world. My problems are miniscule, personal. I have no ambition of accumulating wealth or power. I want to live comfortably in a peaceful world. I want to be useful. What can I do? There is that bloody word again… I have been feeling powerless for quite sometime about the what and as a result I’ve been doing nothing about the when, where and how. Boy do I need to evolve! Perhaps my blogging style should be my living style. Whenever there is a need, I should do; wherever there is a call, I should go. Take ownership of the world around me; stake my claim in anything and everything that interests me. Simply do.
There is a sense of idealism in the air that is waiting to be inhaled. It is an odorless gas, but I think I smell it. I’ve got a couple of volunteer projects lined up and let’s see where they take me. I’m looking at my life with a fresh set of eyes and it is coming up all rosy. Writing is my therapy and prize. I want my life to speak for itself, so that when I commit words to paper they will be of value. The what will carry its own weight like a lotus, solidly rooted in the muddy earth yet, delicately floating upon a serene lake.

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