Several people have a word or phrase they use to describe the upcoming year. My phrase is: Lean In. Lean into the fear, the doubt, the worry, the anxiety, the lion of resistance, the unknown. For me, leaning into all these things, esp. my tendency to be quiet, will cause me to not just start projects (and more importantly finish them) but give me the confidence to unleash the art and gifts within.
The biggest project coming up here for the next year is what I’m calling Project Leap. 366 days. 366 poems. To quote: Impossible yes, so let’s get to work.
Writing everyday, esp. a poem everyday, was a mixture of difficulty and joy. Pretty much the space where most artists live. The genesis behind this is as follows:
I was at McDonald’s on my lunch break the sunday before Thanksgiving last month. I was reading “Linchpin” by Seth Godin and he was telling the story of Keller Williams. Keller is from Fredericksburg, Va (the place I’ve called home for several years) and a light bulb went off above my head. I’ll write a poem every day for 2012. I quickly finished eating, went back to work and wrote out what that would look like. The next day, the lion roared and I began talking myself out of it, giving every reason why it wouldn’t work.
So with all the reasons why it wouldn’t work, I’m going to proceed with the art. I’ve done challenging things before, but nothing in terms crafting art and giving it away. The lion of resistance is huffing and puffing, but we Lanes are a stubborn breed. Perhaps you are too when you set your mind to do something.
There will be a poem each day, and some days, there will be prose thoughts from me and hopefully other people (what’s that you say? You want to write something here? By all means, email me and we can make something wonderful happen).
The Art of Hope, Faith, and Love
The majority of my writing (prose and poetry) will touch on the art of how hope, faith, and love blur our human doing with our human being. For the weird, the ignored, the sick, the bored, the timid, the wounded, those who live along the edges and those who wish to make things better, I will write for them. For us.
I’ve thought quite a bit about how our human being affects our human doing. You may disagree, but I believe who we are on the inside dictates what we do on the outside and how we perceive the world. I’m not talking about behavior, I’m talking about character, purpose, and the grace to completely screw it all up. A more laser like take on what I’ve written here so far, to live unrestricted.
There will be other projects I’ll start, here and offline. Such as Poetry for Hope, There Will Come A Time, The Barbaric Way of The Gentleman, Hacking Hospitals 101, etc. I am excited, because I think I’m finally starting to do what I love and lean into it, vs. just daydreaming and wishing.
What projects/goals/ideas do you want to start or finish for 2012? If I can be of any service, again email me and if I can’t help personally, I will point you in the direction of someone remarkable that can.
Have a fantastic few days of 2011 and I’ll see you in twenty twelve! May hope be with you, may hope be multiplied.
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