Fall foliage is stunning. Orange and brown and red and yellow and green blend together to make a gorgeous tapestry on the ground. Yesterday I was raking the leaves from my yard, and it dawned on me that the trees are changing. It is a type of “micro-reinvention”. And it got me wondering about the ways that I will reinvent myself? Which areas of my life will I reinvent — faith, self, family, venture, career, community? What small experiments can I try in the reinvention process, that will tell me if an idea will work, without committing a huge investment first? I am planning 6 weeks toward generating reinvention ideas in the late part of this year and early next year. Even when things are going well, we can run experiments in reinvention, see which ones will transform our lives for the better, and GO!
Until I visited Kennedy Space Center in Florida few years ago, I didn’t appreciate the power of having an organizing goal: landing a person safely on the moon, and getting them back to earth. Having a few people meeting in the hallway or on the street can be valuable, but usually is not. However, if the same group has an organizing goal, magic can happen. Many times the magic is not directed toward the initially-intended goal, but the moon shot goal still has value in providing a reason for people to get together, with a common language and set of ideas. The moon shot goal provides just enough structure for the magic to begin. What is your moon shot goal?
Have you ever had the experience of completing an assignment, and the recipient says, “Why did you do it like that? Didn’t you think to ____?” And you respond, “Oh, I didn’t know I was allowed to do that.” As soon as you say it you know you blew it, because you set up a rule for yourself that didn’t really exist. Or you followed a rule that really should have been nudged. Or you didn’t stand out against a rule that wreaked with stench.
If a rule should not exist — it is unfair, undignifying, harmful — consider pushing against it, knowing that you might pay a price for doing so. Gandhi did it; King did it. And avoid following rules that do not exist at all, except in your imagination. Who says what the rules should be? The community sets the rules, but you don’t have to add to them!
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