It’s just over a week since I came to the end of writing and sharing a poem every day for a whole year. I admit that as I was a little nervous leading up to the last poem, I asked myself… What would I do? Would I keep writing? Would I keep sharing? Could I get my writing published?
All of these questions relate to how would I take the seed that a year of writing and sharing had planted within me and nurture it into something that would grow.
Well eight days into the new year I have some thoughts and in the knowledge that I may be overstretching the metaphor, I have realised three things. I need to create the right climate for growth, I must tend my soil and I’ve got to plant a lot more seeds.
Step 1. Planting more seeds is the easy part, it just means consistently doing the work that I love. So every day I write creatively and I develop and refine the Dailydo programmes. I do this to create content.
Step 2. To tend the soil so that my seeds may thrive, I must share my work with others. So I post my writing online, I contact agents and publishers, I reach out to businesses and organisations, I work with business coaches, I perform and I explore funding and investment opportunities. I do this to overcome fear.
Step 3. Creating the right climate for growth is the part over which I/we have the least control, but do not think that either of us is helpless in this area. To influence this we must create a climate where people have a listening for ourselves and our work that resonates with what we love and what we want to achieve in the world. The way to do this is to repeat steps 1 & 2 with as much authenticity and integrity as we can over and over again. I do this to grow.
Yes sometimes it will feel as though the odds are stacked too high against us. Yes sometimes it will appear that nobody is listening, so why bother to carry on. Yes we will be low on resources, low on energy, make mistakes and what to crawl into a corner and hide sometimes.
When these times come, and they will, our job is to ask the question…What do I love?
Then do what you love (step 1. plant a seed), share what you love (step 2. tend your soil) and do it again and again (step 3. create the right climate for growth) and with a little luck your seeds to grow.
But the best part is this. Even if the climate doesn’t change enough to sustain the growth you want. If you follow steps 1,2 & 3 then you are doing the things you love and sharing them with the world…and no matter how hard things feel sometimes, that is how you sustain life.
Today I remembered to really enjoy the small, everyday things in life, the things that sometimes annoy us (when I say “us”, I mean “me”). Like a pile of washing up, helping a child with their shoelaces, folding dry clothes, serving nice food, saying yes, soft skin. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Once you’ve finished reading this, I’d like you to look around you and find three everyday things in your environment that you take for granted, or maybe that you’ve never even noticed before. Take a moment to acknowledge them, enjoy them and then simply carry on with your day.
An important thought from poet William Stafford
“Lower your standards and carry on”
How to authentically represent oneself and one’s work through a website is a challenge.
youversity.org has been around for a little over a year and I have periodically toiled at it and ignored it. For about 9 months it sat dormant, overly full of content I was losing a connection to and that no longer represented my professional and creative direction. In retrospect, it is good that nobody was visiting the site.
This current iteration of youversity.org is, however, wholly different. Over the past year I have been writing and sharing a poem every day, performing as the Guerrilla Poet and developing the Dailydo programmes. Namely I have been doing the work, creating the content and living the life. This website is simply a means of sharing with you the work I want to do in the world and exploring how to reach the people who will benefit from working with me.
It’s not always easy being a human being, so it’s hardly surprising that creating a digital representation of oneself and one’s work is, at times, frustrating. However, it is wonderful to be able to say that, at last, youversity.org is me.
Dailydoer. Guerrilla Poet. Writer. Performer. Developer. Leader. Facilitator. Educator
The bravest thing I ever saw
was a human being being human
Nothing less and nothing more than that
Every day I post a poem, story, idea, article, event, course etc, you get the idea. So scroll down and see what’s appeared today and keep scrolling down to see all the good stuff that’s gone before.