Reading will never be the same. With new access to our new mobile devices, our reading experience may be different with what it used to be.
With audio books, and eboooks, we consume more and more words, faster and faster.
We also have an opportunity to bring our own personalised experience to our own reading.
This is what writer Nathalie Moris called ‘ambient litterature’ the new way to read. Having the ambiance of our real life soaking, and interacting with our reading bring a fresh appeal to the narrative from the author.
Our mobile reading experience is touched, personalized, and individualized by where we are, the time, and the weather.
This whole combination makes reading a whole new experience.
I was visiting my son Axel this week-end in Tallahassee, FL., when I saw a poster tapped on his wall with these slogans: Do something. Blame no one. Make no excuses.
First, I made a selfie and asked him about the poster which exhibits a photo of the new coach Willie Taggart known in the college football community for his mantra and social media hashtag “#dosomething.”
“Coach is doing well,” he told me, having his latest victory in Louisville. “We are preparing the big game this coming Saturday against Miami,” he added.
University of Miami and Florida State university are long time football archrivals.
Searching more on Taggart, I found out he has made the #dosomething his life’s motto.
“I just look at myself, my journey, I never blamed anyone,” Taggart told an audience in Tallahassee reported by the Tampa bay Times.
“I never made any excuses for me not being successful. I just worked my tail off (…) So that’s been my motto my entire life: Blame no one, make no excuses. You’ve gotta do something.”
We have within us, between our ears, a simple thing called conscience which teaches us there’s a right and wrong approach to life.
We know when we act contrary to our conscience we feel guilty, and this feeling impacts negatively our thoughts.
This behavior bestows upon us what author David Schwartz called the guilt complex in his book The Magic of Thinking Big.
The guilt complex is what in turn may break our thought process becuase our mind is constantly asking, ‘will I get caught? Will I get caught?’
We have within us a deep desire to be right, think right, and act right. But our human nature, if let by itself, goes wild, derails us against our conscience to act in the wrong way, which derails the course of our life.
How can we take our behavior into our own hands to avoid situations that will cause us to ask ourselves, Will I get caught?, and instead of creating productive daily habits to live intentionnally for excellence, we spend our mind capacity to imagine ways to get away with it.
“It’s easy to look at the long run and lull yourself into skipping a day now and then. But, the long run is made up of short runs,” this is what I read from a blog posted by bestselling author and blogger Set Godin.
The following are some questions Set Godin asked in his post that I invite you to reflect upon:
Is there something you do every day that builds an asset for you?
Every single day?
Something that creates another bit of intellectual property that belongs to you?
Something that makes an asset you own more valuable?
Something that you learn?
“Every single day is a lot of days”, Godin says.
I attended City Speaks, a storytelling event, last night in Pompano Beach, Florida, which reminds me, back in the days in my homeland Haiti, when my dad used to gather us together, just to tell us stories.
Sometimes, they were folktales of Bouki and Malis, the villain and the smart; and other times it was just about his personal stories, telling us about his day to day dealing with this thing called “life.”
Last night, it was about life stories from folks in the city, telling us their narratives about their life segments, and how they intersect with us, the listeners.
There were tellers, there were listeners. Moods swang from joy to sorrow. It was a real life experience.
I enjoyed it. It was a person to person moment. I discovered myself in the stories I heard, and connected with the speakers.
As Mij Byram, an expert storyteller, who introduced the event, said :
“Storytelling is about the connection. That connection is not magic. It’s real. It is about touching the hearts and imaginations of listeners. It is opening them to adventures, feelings and possibilities.”
“In a story,”Mij added, “we can walk through fear and chase the villain. We can experience sorrow and joy and do it in the safe harbor of a story. A story can change thoughts and ideas. A story can touch your heart, make you laugh or make you cry, it can comfort or challenge. A story can help you see yourself and your world in a new way.”
That’s excatly what happened to me when I left Pompano Beach last night reflecting, thinking, and pondering about what I heard about immigration, illegal immigration, thick accent, police interactions with black people, depression, and anxiety.
It was fascinated. A great delightful moment. I loved it.
NB.: City Speaks is a 50 minute event followed by a time of public interaction and reflection. To know more about their programming click here….
I don’t play Golf. I even don’t understand the game in its entirety. If I had to explain it, I would say- and correct me if I am wrong- this is a game played by affluent people who have time, money, and prestige on large pristine green grass open-air courses where they discuss business, politics and make deals. The end result is to stroke a small white ball with a club into some small holes in the ground. Sometimes, I heard 18 or 21 holes.
That’s it. That’s all I know.
I also know that Tiger Wood is a golf famed winner. He went from fame to shame after his character and reputation have been widely gone under water after some personal issues in his life, which have also impacted negatively his professional ability to perform.
This emotional saga associated with physical pains led him wonder, just last year, if he would ever play again. He thought he was done. Now look what he’s done.
Last Sunday, he was able to emerge from the funk and win again. Sport analysts rank his last win as impressive as some of his greatest victories.
in an interview, Woods described what his rock bottom moment was, his dread, and what he did not want.
“Probably the low point was not knowing if I’d ever be able to live pain-free again,” Woods said. “Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in. I just didn’t want to live that way. This is how the rest of my life is going to be? It’s going to be a tough rest of my life. And so … I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and my leg. That was a pretty low point for a very long time.”
Let me just repeat what kept my attention in this interview: “It’s going to be a tough rest of my life.”
I go ahead to reflect, think, and ponder about this statement. I put it in perspective, and I pull out a tool, a book I read from the Life Leadership Essentials Series, entitled LADDER, Climbing out of a slump, and to never let a good slump go to waste.
I ask myself what can I learn and share from Tiger Woods’ slump experience. This is a good one to learn from and to not let it go to waste. what can we learn from our slumps and not let them go to waste.
LADDER Climbing out of a Slump, forwarded by Dan Hawkins, a bestselling author, life-coach, and successful entrepreneur, is a book, a tool that will help you discover the art of a slump, and how to take action immediately and effectively.
In my next post, I will share with you the art of climbing a slump, and actions to be taken to live the life you’ve always wanted.
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