I’m no fan of the “there are only two kinds of people” idea but in the realm of being a creator or a consumer, I do believe each one of us leans toward one side or the other. I’ve blogged about it before, but it’s been awhile and I think I have a clearer view of what these poles suggest, and a much better understanding of how learning to live more as a creator and less as a consumer makes us more happy.
I’ve talked to a lot of people lately who have set a goal in this New Year to be more thankful; especially for the ordinary things that go unnoticed. Like the sunshine. Or coffee. Author Ann Voskamp discusses this choice to be grateful for the small stuff in her book One Thousand Gifts. She says, “Gratitude […]
I have a friend who happens to be a rockstar— a strange and confusing word. And yet my friend is one of the more stable people I know.
He doesn’t get down too much when things don’t go his way, and he doesn’t get all that excited when they do. He’s a terrific listener, too, and wants to know more about you than he wants you to know about himself. In a culture that praises fame, my friend hardly notices.
He seems to see music as a service he offers, no different than a waiter bringing more water. He doesn’t think too much or too little of himself. And for the first few years I knew him, I just assumed he was one of those rare people who was given a heaping supply of wisdom and humility, and I think there might be some truth to that. But recently, I met one of the main reasons my friend is so emotionally stable and capable. I met his father.
For the last two years I chose to not take a full-time job. I wanted to explore, rebuild relationships, allow myself space to be authentic and ask risky questions without fear of being fired. As I come to a close of this season, I am finding fear creeping up. I’m running out of money and […]