Holes in the Water

Quest2015 – Day 10

Reading time: 03 minutes
Listening time: 33 seconds

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Update 01/04/2015: Be sure and listen in on the thirty three second audio comment from someone who says in a few words what I want to say too so many of you who are questing too.

Thank you Suzi Banks Baum for clicking the green tab on the right.

Thanks too for your response to our Who Will Miss You? question on the Laundry Line Divine (scroll to the end to hear more). Namaste.

Today’s Theme: Who Will Miss You?

Here is the creative prompt shared by Seth Godin on December 23 for all the questers…

Who would miss you if you were gone? If you didn’t show up to work, didn’t send out that newsletter, didn’t make that sales call, didn’t tweet that tweet… who would miss it? How does your answer shape how you’ll live out 2015?

There is a story teachers often tell a would be protegee or future empire builder. Maybe you’ve heard it before?

The get a bucket, put some water in it, put your fist in the bucket of water then quickly take your fist out of the water story.

The one where you get to notice the big hole left in the water where your fist once was.

Godin’s prompt brought that story to my thought stream quickly. Before the questions he asks ever had a chance to start marinating.

Is that a response to some cut off part of my true self rising to the top of the shadow bag?

Any prompt to shine a light on who will miss me and my best so I can be the best I can be for you and your work is likely not far from my steaming dharmic stink sack anyway.

Those who would miss me are closest friends. Treasured weekly mastermind partners and an accountability buddy who shifts business of life conversation to a new level.

How do I know those people would miss me? That’s easy. I would miss them (a metric easy to track).

With my best work for 2015 showing up as the launch of a legacy journey, the who will miss me most may not be fully in a dialog yet.

This is a fresh adventure. Momentum carries the project forward but right now it’s too early to tell who and how my best work serves.

I don’t know who I don’t know anymore than others don’t know who they don’t know they don’t know.

And that is indeed an exciting place to be in as long as I would miss myself too.

For the coming year it feels like my best reflects from the best of others around me each doing their best stuff too.

Now the bucket story starts to make sense. Framework behind a canvas solves it’s own whole half of one mystery on hand.

For those I am in mutual miss bliss with to fully show up, there are a thousand times as many more who hear but do not listen, say “no”, “maybe” or utter nothing at all.

And that requires having more fun than any being human could ever imagine by trying to make lots and lots of holes in the water.

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Dharma Poop

Quest2015 – Day 9

Reading time: 03 minutes
Listening time: 07 minutes 59 seconds

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme: Shadow Bags

Here is the creative prompt shared with us on December 20 by Eric Klein

How will you face your shadow bag and stop the stink, so you can bring forth what is best within you in 2015? What can you claim right now?

After hitting that creative wall on writing any response for @EricKlein‘s theme I decided to do an audio riff to explore the possibilities.

The digital ink here showed up after I listened back to my one sided conversation.

It is a process. So scroll to the end of this post, listen first, then come back to continue reading.

Up to you though because it’s my bag of dharma poop to empty in process (albeit one that may or may not take a while).

Know that the me, myself and I will be okay with either way you choose. Guaranteed.

As for me I choose to face my “shadow bag” with gratitude as a filter to “stop the stink”.

What is in that bag representing parts of my true self that have been cut off and discarded still remains to be seen.

Gratitude. Both the easy kind and the not so easy kind is my first tool of choice to try no matter what appears.

Gratitude for all those, cut to the core, tear your heart out, pain filled, there will be blood experiences of life.

In his inspired disruptive dharma essay Klein suggests that the power of the true self to bring forth the best you can’t coexist with “nice”.

Personally I’ll have to put that possibility to the test since “nice” is a big word with different meanings for different people.

In retrospect I have been told by several other people, in a variety of situations and circumstances, that I am “nice” or “too nice”.

The word that comes to mind as I set “nice” aside for the time being is “kind”.

Now I wonder if the power of my true self and “kind” can coexist? Can I live fully into the power of my best self and embrace kindness at the same time?

Perhaps another experiment is in the making or a subtle layer to add in the mix of my current experiment?

I don’t know. And I am good with not knowing right now.

In the mean time I choose to stick my nose in my own bag of dharmic dung, take a long deep whiff and let (my) soul-ular self figure out what cut off part requires attention.

Then all I as a being human have to do is choose to listen for an answer or not.

So many juicy questions to consider here.

Time to get out of my own way for now and allow process to do the work process does best.

But before I do I’ll tip my hat and say thank you to another business artist for her digital ink reminder about process.

Thank you Nancy (he said with a tip his hat)!

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Confessions of a Shape Shifter

Quest2015 – Day 8

Reading time: 02 minutes
Listening time: 11 minutes 03 seconds

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme…

Choices that Shape Your Life’s Story

Here is the creative prompt shared with us on December 18 by Todd Henry

If you knew that your life’s story will be written based upon your choices and actions in 2015, how will you live?

Today’s response is more one to listen to than read.

Seems my first confession didn’t get on the recording though. I forgot. It happens.

Here is that confession; I talk to myself out loud (a lot).

And when I do there’s usually a microphone involved to record the result.

Scroll to the bottom and hear the rest of the story (plus more confessions).

My answer for the question(s) offered by @ToddHenry is simple.

I’ll make choices and take actions to make 2015 a pivotal year by leveraging what has already worked for me the past couple of years.

Along with what already fits, I will also test ways to make simpler choices in focused action on promises I made to myself from previous day’s prompts.

After all, this December quest toward imagining my best work for 2015 is only about the results that show up after doing any experiment worth testing.

NOTE: Please pardon any light static you may hear in the recording below (the microphone was rubbing against my beard).

Links mentioned in the audio recording for a couple of the influencers whose work helped me choose to have a better life two years ago:

Danielle LaPorte – We’re All Artists (a collection)

James Altucher – Who Is In Your Scene? (blog post)

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Imaginal Joy Doodles

Quest2015 – Day 7

Reading time: 01 minutes
Viewing time: 03 minutes

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme: Sacred Joy

Here is the creative prompt shared with us on December 16 by Sunni Brown

How could you make moments of joy a sacred priority in 2015? What forms will such moments take? Doodle, draw, photograph, or write your way into these questions and share your responses.

As a response to @SunniBrown‘s questions I created a video doodle as a reminder to notice the moments of sacred joy all around me…

It reminds me of a few sacred moments enjoyed over a short while in conversation, quality time and in spaces shared with family, closest friends and those I love.

And each of those gone too fast moments leave clues to urge me on to savor and discover more.

~

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“Use the Force Luke”

Quest2015 – Day 6

Reading time: 03 minutes

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme: The Upside of Your Dark Side

Here is the prompt posted for Questers on December 13 courtesy of Todd Kashdan

Which emotions do you feel most guilty about having? Afraid that others might find out? How could you spend this year trying to be open to the emotional window that allows you to be courageous? It rarely feels good right before we do something courageous, but these moments are the most meaningful and treasured.

My answers for the questions asked by @ToddKashdan

Q: Which emotions do I feel most guilty about having? Afraid that others might find out?

What initially feels like a full menu of emotions for me narrows to fear and sadness as the front runners of guilty feelings.

Of those two emotions fear feels like the one I don’t want others to find out about.

After all I can recall times in the not so distant past and beyond when sadness and it’s close relatives were not in the equation.

But I do not recall very many times when fear or being afraid of something hasn’t been in the daily emotional mix.

Some days more. Some days less. But always there.

Even in the writing of this response there is a fear present.

I am afraid to hit the “Publish” button and launch this post.

And behind that fear is a larger fear of telling other people I made something and it is out there now for everyone to see.

Why am I afraid? Because I don’t want anyone to find out about my fear(s).

Q: How could I spend this year trying to be open to the emotional window that allows me to be courageous?

What I can do starting now and in 2015 is to try to open that emotional fear window and keep trying.

And I can accept that in every act of trying I am actually in the act of doing.

I think that’s where the title of this post came from.

Remember that whole Yoda; “There is no try, there is only do” dialog in one of the Star Wars films?

That tiny green sage was not saying to the hero not to try. Nope.

What Yoda was saying was that to try is to do.

For me his lesson is all about letting go of one word often linked with try as a useless moving part.

You know that word as well as I do. It’s failure.

Since try is often accepted by many as a way of saying failure, courage to be open to the emotional window by a context shift in a word is worth a try to face my fear.

That is one small step which feels courageous to me.

Hitting the publish button is another small step I’m going to try. Then I’ll try sharing the link.

So if you read this and you got here clicking a shared link my emotional window is opening and to try is to do.

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Stop, Look & Listen

Quest2015 – Day 5

Reading time: 02 minutes

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme: Stop

Here is the prompt posted for Questers on December 11 courtesy of Charlie Gilkey

“Pursue knowledge, daily gain. Pursue Tao (wisdom), daily loss.” – Tao Te Ching*

We often think too much about adding new things, when the source of a lot of our growth is eliminating old things.

What do you need to STOP doing in 2015?

And what do you need to do to make that STOPPING more than an intention?

*Attribution: Derek Lin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching

My responses to the questions from @CharlieGilkey

Q: What do I need to STOP doing in 2015?

I need to stop NOT asking for what I want and deserve in my life and from my work.

And I need to stop WAITING for someone else to ask me about what I want or deserve.

Q: What do I need to do to make that STOPPING more than an intention?

Ask. I need to open my heart. Open up my soul. Open my mouth and ask.

I need to ask and ask again.

And then ask one more time.

Ask for what I want. Ask for what I desire. Ask for what supports me in doing my best work.

Ask for open doors to unheard of possibility.

Ask for help from others.

Ask to be led to those who through their own experience are able to listen, offer qualified advice and listen some more.

Ask to be led to those who have an untold capacity to offer truth, support and loving yet firm understanding.

I need to ask to be heard.

I just need to start asking and keep on asking.

Not stopping until I have no reasons left to ask anymore.

Ask until others start asking me for what they need and want. Until they start asking me for what they desire and what will support them in doing their best work.

I need to open fully my heart, my mouth, this soul and just fucking ask!

Ask.

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Leaping Leapers!

Quest2015 – Day 4

Estimated reading time: 02 minutes
Listening time: 03 minutes 30 seconds

“What if you could envision how to live your quest in 2015 with the provocative guidance of visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, thought leaders, artists, writers, teachers, and adventurers?”Jeffrey DavisTracking Wonder

Today’s Theme: Heart Leaps

Here is the prompt posted for Questers on December 9 courtesy of Pam Houston

Sit quietly and ask yourself, what in the last day or week or month has made your heart leap up? Not what should, or might or always had, but what did. Make that list. Be honest, even if it surprises you. Keep the list with you this month. Add to it when it happens. Train yourself to notice. Then ask your self today, how can I arrange my life to get more of those heart leaps in it?

Would you rather listen in than read? Then please scroll to the bottom to hear this post instead.

What follows is a personal answer to the question asked by @Pam_Houston.

Q: How can I arrange my life to get more of those heart leaps in it?

  • I can choose to love myself even if all I do is say out loud or silently; “I love myself” as often as possible.
  • I can ask for more of the very same heart leaps that are already on my list.
  • I can review my heart leap list and remember how each one felt when it was first written.
  • I can expect unknown heart leaps to show up since I already know how good the known ones feel.
  • I can practice being grateful for things I would never consider being grateful for.
  • I can ask myself how I most want to feel after doing an activity before ever starting that activity.
  • I can keep the small memo pad (and a pen) I use for heart leap notes close at hand.
  • I can add several subtle “Heart Leaps?” sticky note reminders in my work and living area.
  • I can commit to mindfully exploring heart leaps for 5 minutes each day for the next 30 days.

And there you have my answers to the question for today’s theme.

How will those answers play out for my 2015 best work? I don’t know. But it’s certainly worth testing.

~

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