Saturday, November 01, 2008

It’s the first day of the Celtic New Year and I don’t want to be here.

The trouble with being here is that I can’t get there from here. And there is where I want to be.

(I know some of you think I’m not all there – and that’s true.)

I’ve seen what I want to be and what I want to do. But it won’t happen here. It will happen there.

I have projects lined up that will keep me working for the next 2 to 3 years and I’m very excited and motivated by them. So I need to get there quickly.

But I don’t know the way.


I need a massive release of collaboration and resources.

Estimates show that I can do a thousand times more than I’m doing now.

Just not here.

Oh, I hear you.
Hi Angela ... not just me then eh?
where, then?
Existentialism, bollocks or brilliant? You choose, and it's obvious you are doing just that - choosing.
Don't worry, life's just a sequence of here's that lead you to your own personal there.
In the words of Eric Bibb - Just keep goin' on!
don´t forget the journey is half the fun... and a lot of the "there" depends on how you get there...
Jo … ages ago I wrote down something that Val Kilmer said in an interview (I know … I’m quoting Batman) : “You should live in the place where you think the clearest thoughts, or you’re the most inspired. The job will work itself out.” I’ve been aiming for another city, but, if I’m honest, the place where I had the clearest thoughts was by the sea. What to do … what to do …

Anonymous ... I'm not so much choosing as feeling my way forward with a white stick.

Claire ... I agree about enjoying the journey. Just knowing I'm on a journey again is invigorating me.
I'm commenting on your comment to Jo…

Yes! When my husband and I decided to move to the Seattle area from California, it was simply because the one time we had visited the area it felt right - no jobs lined up, no friends and relatives - simply felt very right. Before then we'd both been getting by with jobs that we didn't really want, but that paid the bills. Since the move, we've both become more creative and are both doing what we love - I've been able to become an artist full time, and he's been able to earn a living as a writer.
Angela ... that is such an encouragement! Thank you for that!
Ooh, this just got interesting...
I remember the late Les Dawson on a chat show commenting about being a writer, and he said something like - if you can write, then you don't need to head for Paris (as a for instance) 'cos you can do it anywhere, even Scunthorpe.
Yeah Jo - as often happens, the comments are more interesting than the blog!

Anonymous - it was bad enough that I quoted Batman without you quoting Les Dawson! But I maintain that place is important - and people.
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
by Marshall Goldsmith (Author), Mark Reiter (Author)

It was such an interesting title that resonated with me that I bought the book. It is all just management stuff really, interesting but not as profound as the title which still goes around my head from time to time. Read it in Colorado where I was living at the time and now living in Latvia (long story but it was where my husband and I were heading too from the UK around 6 years ago)

Btw keep seeing you pop up on Martin Scott's site so took a peek at your blog.
Hi Joanna - thanks for dropping by! I read a lot of management books so I'll look out for that one you mentioned. The title sounds like something Einstein said - "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

There - that's added a bit more calibre to the quotes on this blog!
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