Kindled Meme

– exploring the purpose of connection

Do it now

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I saw Mike this morning at the school gate. Its been a while – we both live in the same village but our lives follow different orbits.

Its been a while but this morning he tells me he has resigned – he hated his job and he wants better. I shake his hand and Im genuinely pleased for him. He is often so miserable that its kind of sad. He has been miserable working for a Systems Integrator at a Banking client. Before that he was miserable working for a Systems Integrator at a government client. And before that he was miserable working at a Systems Integrator at another government client.

He is hunting and dreaming for a Systems Integrator that makes him happy… but on the story I see unfolding its not really what he needs.

We all deserve to do something that makes us happy. We none of us should envy other people that we perceive to have found something that we can’t. I met a guy called Joroen last week and he talked about how his old job was a 90-10 balance. 90% doing routine and 10% inspiration and mischief. He lived for the 10% moments and so now he is “exploring” – looking to start something – but working with others because – to him – the human connection feeds his soul.

We all deserve that inspiration and sense of connected purpose.  Sometimes I feel that spark, the rush of energy, my eyes kind of well up and if I didn’t hold on to something I know I would start to fly. These moments are equally uplifting and exhausting. When I’ve had a good day I sleep very well at night (Though my brain rarely switches off – it just “heals in motion” – dreaming)

When those energy moments happen I try to appreciate why.

What just happened? What did they just do? Why did that matter to me? What does it mean?

Scrabble around fast and grab the clues – this is this shit that really matters. What just touched you is what you should be creating and be part of every day.

There are always excuses and reasons we believe that stop us from doing more of what matters to us – but here’s the gig:

“Whatever you’re meant to do – do it now. The conditions are always impossible”

What excuses are you making?

(Thanks Doris)


Author: jameslramsay

Practice director at the ShelfLife project - digital by day, campfire by night

One thought on “Do it now

  1. It is right that we should pursue our dreams. But it is also important that we notice (seek?) the magic moments in our daily lives. There is not point to keep thinking ‘I would be happy / successful / useful if only I could do x or get to y’ and fail to notice how lucky we are, or how we can make a difference where we are, already.

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