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I heard some wise words today. They made me realize some things. You can always tell if someone has said something smart to you, because it makes you have ideas in other areas.
Those Ah-ha moments. The pieces lining up. The fate of it all. The smallness of us.
Anyway, I realized that like many people, I’ve spent most of my life telling myself I need to do more, get more, accomplish more, BE MORE.
Work! Achieve! Set goals, complete them. Make a list, check things off. Finish that base trim upstairs. Wood panel the office. Build that table. Work on client projects. Cook dinner. More! More! More!
But the cry of MORE in the back of my head is actually saying “You’re never enough!” Now, it’s true that a certain amount of this drive has helped me be a voracious learner and prolofic creative person. Because I just can’t let myself be.
I believe that the need to create is innate in humanity. It defines us. Just like having children. When we create something from nothing using our imagination. We bring our ideas, thoughts and feelings into the world. and once they are in the world, they are no longer our’s. Worst of all they can be judged by others. Those precious ideas may fall down Some folks might like them, but some people might shake their heads at you. And so all the while we have this nagging thought in the back of our head. “Who do I think I am?’ We feel like a spy behind enemy lines. At any moment, someone might jump out of the bushes and yell “you’re a big phony dude, you aren’t really that good at ______.”
My wife has a favorite quote I think sums this up better than I can.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
With this in mind, I have determined to stop shrinking back and playing down what I have to offer people. I will strive to let my talent out and not hide what I have to offer the world.
I have also determined to focus more on all the things we have made progress on, rather than all the things yet to done. Everything gets done eventually, if you don’t embrace the process and celebrate the victories, you miss the whole point of the struggle.
With that said, I’m planning to start blogging again about what we’re up to. I haven’t been up to it before now because we were scrambling to get our foundation built with the Oregon Public House, OAC and RPF etsy and now scoutmob.com and bourbonandboots.com
So here comes a bunch of catching up posts to get you all up to speed on what we’ve been working on the last 4 months.
First up: We finally got out merchanidising and curatorial contracts in place with the Oregon Public House. We’ll be managing the creative direction, ordering, and inventory for all their charity merch swag! We’re planning to do leather coasters, pint cozies, growlers and more. But first up are liited edition OPH shirts. You should get over to the shop and buy your’s today! Celebrate #Aletruism!