A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space, he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
–Einstein’s reply to the rabbi
Some of them are taken.
Some are still left.
The people who choose to join are people I have invited, and who have said yes. Going through the process of choosing a date, together. For a 16-way blind date on the topic, for ‘N’ in London, NOTEWORTHINESS.
Discovery. Sharing. Learning. Meeting.
‘N’ is designed to make a moment happen.
In a city with an ‘N’. At a venue that starts with ‘N’.
Many thanks to those who’ve registered.
To be continued, soon.
What is ’16N’? Read more here.
‘YOU NEED TO SOLVE A PROBLEM. For them.’
‘I know you think so, and maybe it’s true for you and for some of the people you’ve worked with through the ecourses, with the magazine… is it a magazine? Yeah, okay, yeah. So, like, what is in it for them? What do they get out of it?’
‘People like these.’
‘I know they like them. But do you know? What they are joining for?’
‘Weak. And you can’t prove it.’
‘No. Nobody knows you from anybody else, and you’re not famous, and you don’t aspire to be on Oprah, so you can’t go that route, you know? You have to be a real person who has a real thing that works for people. Remember what SN had said? Solutions to the right problems that users love to use. That’s design. That’s innovation.’
‘SN is so smart. We’re really lucky we got to learn from him, wow. Meantime I am learning from every single person I meet, who comes through these different salons and eWorkshops and stuff like that. I get it. I get it that people are looking for a new way to find new thoughts and to inspire themselves and that kind of jazz. And that most stuff is overdone, overprescribed and way too high-level commitment… I don’t know. Then you get just… well. It’s contrived. I think the opportunity for mixing to happen amongst groups is a big part of why I do these. Okay, you’re looking at me like, you don’t care why I do these. You want to know why they should care. I see. yes. I think I should really visit that. But… I think it’s because I personally invite them.’
‘No. That’s never it.’
‘Then, it’s because they want to actually get to their projects, but maybe don’t know how to start? Maybe they’re afraid of not finishing, or maybe not doing their work well…’
‘Now, that’s the start of something! Tell me more.’
‘Well, when I get going with these, I notice people say how they appreciate the reminders that float by every week, the ones that come from PayPal, even, that let them know they’ve committed to something. I mean, MH had written that, that there was this kind of accountability partnering that was good about it. This was 2014, so it was all still new, but it’s becoming more short-course stuff so people can feel like they are getting to things, and making progress, even though everything I send is designed to be complete-able within 20 minutes. Just that. It’s not a big ask to make 20 minutes of time out of your week to show up for something you care about, but is maybe in that ‘important but not urgent’ category. Know what I’m talking about? That quadrant thingy? Yeah… I think that is a big part of it. Finishes are tough to come by. But starts are even harder, for so many of us. There’s this paralysis, see, because there are so many options out there. That Q&A with MS recently, that was really great. I learned and saw how one person tackles the starting to start question, the how do I decide on where to begin massive thing that I think is daunting, for a lot of people… doesn’t matter who they are anymore… or where they’re coming from, or what their work is. Project management is constantly being intruded upon by messages blipping out of the aetherspace, commanding their attention. People worry that my projects with them online will take up even more time or be even more e stuff to do, but to be honest, ti’s like a project management kind of a thing for people, in the end. It’s a real person, prompting you to do the thing you’ve committed to doing. you’ve committed to yourself, to show up. And I see now that more than ever this is the crux of it. The pain of starting. The nudge is needed, to get going. Once you do, it’s much easier. But that first step, wow. People really want to do things like write and reflect and journal. Intellectually. Theoretically. But will they make the time? I don’t know about you but I find a lot of talking about this and very little actual doing, when I look around amongst the people whom, for the last 20 years or so, are talking about making but not getting to it. Not getting started.’
‘Know what I mean?’
‘Yeah. You’re the one that says, Okay, let’s do this. Let’s get started.’
‘That’s exactly what I do. That’s exactly who I am. But I don’t leave people after they join, of course. It’s a 1:1 dialogue for a while, and sometimes it becomes bigger, if and when people are ready for meeting and engaging with new and different others. For inspiration.’
‘Is that it? Inspiration?’
‘People who need inspiration? Yeah. That’s another whole group I can help. Definitely.’
‘But people would say they don’t need inspiration. They would say they don’t need help getting started. What would you say to them?’
‘I’d say, okay, great. Do it. But if you haven’t done it and it’s a year later, let’s talk.’
Making it up as we go >
NOT SURE HOW TO FEEL about instagram. On one hand, it’s purely visual and that takes all the pressure off for having to compose words or having to read them. ‘Walls of text’ was something I heard recently in some place where people message and do not email. What is wrong with email? What is wrong with lots of text? Walls of them, even. I write too much, at times, in my notes and letters and conversation-starters, and sure, in real life, too, things tend to go on a bit. But do I want to condense everything? Snippets are fine, even good, and I get it. We want to scan. But really? Is instagram the new blog? I’m not sure. I’m wondering. I’m keeping things visual a little now. I’m going to try to keep them short. But is short better? What about long-winded, meandering drifts? What is life but a drift, in many ways, from one space to another, through the outs-and-abouts, the wanders, the running into and discovery of the new and the nowest stuff? Is that why Instagram is popular, though? It’s so… insta.