Over the weekend I read “34 Things I’ve Learned About Life And Adventure,” by Chris Guillebeau, in which he said:
“When in doubt about the next step, help someone and make something.”
The whole post is full of inspiring, useable advice, but that particular thing… that one lit me up inside. Deciding to “help someone,” consciously, generously and without expectation, plants you squarely in a place of love. “Making something” exercises your creative muscles, engages your heart and your imagination, makes you feel whole and purposeful and plugged into your best, most energized self.
Chris goes on to say: “Do these two actions every day, 365 days a year. When you get stuck at any point in any process, come back to the basics: helping and creating. (These things also help when you’re depressed.)”
What I love most about the advice is that it’s, at least for me, counter-intuitive. When I’m stuck – personally and professionally – I have a tendency to keep banging my head against the same wall. I stare at the blank screen or write page after ranting page in my notebook, and I hope for a breakthrough. Sometimes it works, but usually it doesn’t. I’m amazed how often the breakthrough occurs not when I’m banging my head, but when I walk away from the stuck place entirely. Do something different, rest my poor little overactive worry-filled brain.
And what can I say? I love the idea of resting my worry-filled brain by helping and creating.
In my planner, on every single day this week, the first two things on my to-do list are “Help someone” and “Make something.” I anticipate a kickass week of love and creativity ahead. I’ll let you know how it goes.