From the world in-between

October 25, 2011

In between Earth and Sky
At the edge of waking and dream
Mixed between an underground layer and heavenly kingdom
On the virge between night and day
In between old and new worlds
At the edge where one second turns to another
Where night turns to day
Where angels and dragons shake hands
Where order and chaos play chess
Where clarity and confusion bow to each other and
Past meets future in the present

From these lands the pilgrim returns
Equipped yet with bare hands
Full of fear and trust
With a questionmark on his lips and commitment in his heart
Knowing all but the next step
Or perhaps just that or maybe not even…

But that somehow does not matter
As the stars are shining and the sun and moon are smiling
And the earth is laughing and the animals howling
And the heart is having a passionate love affair with the soul and the earth and perhaps with the entire cosmos…
The time is now to make a first step and to bring the news to the village
As best as he can.
The rest is a mystery…

The audience shaped by death and life itself
Just burns with a single question – What are you waiting for?

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Are you Indispensable?

December 19, 2010

The intriguing question in the title of this post is a central question of the recent book by Seth Godin, called Linchpin that I had the pleasure to read in the last few days. The intentions of this remerkable piece of writing are best expressed by Seth’s words found in the last chapter…

“I didn’t set out to get you to quit your job or to persuade you to become an entrepreneur or merely to change the entire world.

All I wanted to do in this book was to sell you on being the artist you already are. To make a difference. To stand for something. To get the respect and security you deserve.

If I’ve succeeded, then you know that you have a gift to give, something you can do to change the world (or your part of it) for the better. I hope you’ll do that, because we need you.”

I find reading this book trully an inspiring endeavour, a must read for anyone aspiring to make a difference in the world or ‘just’ to live a meaningful life and follow one own’s calling. In a layered flow that builts well on itself, Seth explores the limits of where the evolution of our economy and world of work brought us to date and paints a clear picture of what it will take on an individual level to create what’s next – a more inspired and fullfilled future for anyone willing to do the inner work that is required.

Seth outlines very well the challenges of the current model, the reasons for finding ourselves where we are as well as the inner factors that prevent us from going further and changing what does not serve us anymore. It is inspiring to imagine what is possible if more and more people follow the path that this book clearly outlines, which at the same time is a path that is waiting to be made by YOU.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The writing is clear, energetic, inspirational and poetic. I found that reading the book evoked many ideas in my mind, brought my awareness to areas where I can improve as well as inspired me to take tangible actions to move things forward.

And this happens everytime I get in touch with Seth’s writing.

Seth is trully a remarkable author with a consistent voice who presents things in a simple yet not simplistic ways and does not allow your inspired self to hide at any point. The metaphores are powerful, intentional and crystal clear.

Such a pleasure to read. He is not a guide with words only, he trully stands behind what he writes and speaks from years of experience. I’ve had a pleasure to meet Seth in person this year and was very inspired by the combination of clarity, challenge, humility and humanity.

If you’re looking for an interesting present for yourself or someone who matters to you, I think this book is a worthy candidate. You can find my twitter notes here.

So… Are you Indispensable?

PS Seth’s blog is one of the few I regurarly make time to read and I am never dissapointed. Find for yourself at www.sethgodin.com


2 beautiful pieces of writing…

October 27, 2010

Barn raising

by Tim Stanyon (2009)

Another Barn. And yet a new Barn.

Across the hills we come together, we bring our different tools
And different gifts on this fair day. Builders and dreamers.

The timber is mostly cut and that which remains is being shaped
By skilful hands. It is rough in places but strong.
Its grain is beguiling to the eye and the saw.

The land is mostly level and nearly cleared of rocks but some remain.
Enough to remind us this isn’t our earth but we are lent it for our building.

The first timbers are joined and pegged together.
The cross members, which recently grew themselves,
Are now erected afresh. The shadows
Lengthen as they rise to their full height.
The grunts and laughter mix with sweat and frowns to ease their rising
The echo of the thud as the main pieces drop into their holes secures a firm foundation.

The great skeleton is here and seemingly born from nothing.
The cladding dresses the bones and creates a man made space
Where only earth space had been. And a roof is set on top like a crown

A new barn is made. The wood for sure was needed and the carpenters’ skill.
But the barn is built solid with love and a faith in the future.
Built by us all for our use and our successors, down the years.
The harvests it will hold are as yet unplanted but imagined and ripe.
The labour undertaken inside or in its welcome shadow
On a hot day or in its lee on a windy day is a testament to all the builders.
They had seen the Barn in their eyes and their minds and their hearts.
Before a hammer fell or a saw cut. They had built with love.
And this is stronger than any wood.

Another Barn. A new Barn. And a new beginning.


The Journey

by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.


Alice and metaphors – living the life you want

March 29, 2010

Yesterday I had a chance to see Tim Burton’s Alice in the Wonderland. Visually beautiful, entertaining, dark and interesting, I was leaving the cinema somehow playful and with tons of new curiosity about the world around. It felt like there is a new adventure waiting behind every corner as we were walking streets of Amsterdam, though only for a while, still a very fun state to be in…

I won’t speak about the movie itself, you can make your opinion if/when you go see. I am more interested in the different metaphors and lessons that are hidden in the movie as if to answer a question – What is the hidden wisdom in the movie that can help us to live our lives?

Many thoughts have already been written about Caroll’s original story, the colourful and symbolic world of Alice indeed invites itself to many interpretations. The one that I really like and want to share with you is to see the entire journey Alice undertakes as a guide to living the life you truly want – an inspiration to look for and live your unique way in life…

1. As Alice stumbles into the Wonderland, she initially is swayed by the different events happening to her, discovering how the new world works and learning about the people and places she meets. She treats the world as a ‘dream’ and does not mind reacting and living everything that comes her way. For me this is a metaphor of learning about life, adapting to the different things coming your way and exploring the world around you with childlike enthusiasm. In this phase, life literally ‘happens to you’ and there is little you can do to change it.

2. At certain point into the movie, Alice screams – This is my dream and I will create it the way I want ! She stops following the flow of events and becomes its conscious creator. If you replace the word ‘dream’ by word ‘life’, the same sentence can symbolize taking individual responsibility for your unfolding journey. We cease to be mere passengers in order to become our life’s creators, our choices have consequences and our future is a dance between what we want it to be and what is happening around.

3. Towards the end of the movie, Alice realizes that indeed it is not ‘just a dream’, that she has been in Wonderland before and that she has a unique reason to be there again, unique purpose to fulfill. There is a shift in her clarity, the way she makes decisions and chooses to act as if she follows the invisible guideline of her wisdom – to do what is needed of her to save the fairytale world. For me, this ‘remembering’ is a metaphor of discovering one’s direction in life, the moment where everything becomes clear and the future brightens up as clarity emerges about one’s next steps and previously difficult choices become obvious. Exploring who we are and why we are here is one of the most precious gifts we can give to ourselves in this busy world.

4. Lastly, the White Queen symbolizes beautifully the element of free will present… “You can become a champion if you choose to”, she tells Alice. I find this a beautiful metaphor for the crucial role our choices play in shaping how our life actually turns out – there are things coming our way, thoughts we have, discussions we take part in, but at the end of the day it comes down to a simple yet profound decision – what will I choose to do next? Where do I choose to focus my energy/attention? Do I step into the future that calls me forward? Today, tomorrow, day after day?

4 questions for you…

1. What are you discovering about the world and yourself so far?

2. In which areas do you accept full responsibility for your future? Where are you ‘victim’ to your circumstances?

3. What do you most deeply care about? What do you feel called to do right now?

4. To what calling are you listening to and to what you are not? Where do you choose to act?

Have fun exploring these questions and go see the movie, it’s worth it 🙂


Few thoughts at the end of the year…

December 30, 2009

This post is just to share with you few thoughts as we enter, all around the world, the last day of a wonderful 2009…

It is to share a few thoughts about this experience we all go through and call life. About the moments coming one after another like footsteps in the wet sandy beach during sunrise, like the feeling of the dew on your feet as you walk towards the beauty of the night for one more time. Moments of joy and moments of sadness, the easy and difficult ones. The emotions that come and take us as a tornado up or down or neither way but strong. The feeling when we get the best idea in the world. The times we achieve and the times we make a mistake and say to ourselves the words, never again…

The people that come, stay and go, each one in their own way, pace and spark… The nature we walk in, love, understand, the one we are part of as much as we are not… The tickling sun, the sound of waves, the magic of love and kisses to drown in… The 1 million things I can not remember, the 1 million things you can and can not remember and the infinity of moments, experiences, feelings and … that all of us have been through and that remain to be discovered and unwrapped like a Christmas present every day…

All these swirling around and within us in harmony, always making sense looking back but never looking forward. Each and every single one to be experienced, enjoyed and remembered, each and every single one to be skipped in a rush, suffered through and forgotten.

But each and every single one, as a crucial part of the experience called life, of your experience called your life. And every piece fitting perfectly into the puzzle that is an expression of who you were, are and will be. And each of these multiplied by infinite variety of possibilities to make up the common gallery of humanity and beyond…

As we enter the magical year of 2010, whatever moments are coming your way, my advice is

Keep Walking…

It will all make sense in the end, somehow…