When’s the last time you truly made a mess? When’s the last time you failed at something? Having trouble thinking of something? Read on.
I recently came across a blog post called, “25 Life Lessons for My Daughter.”
I liked it so much I sent it to several of my friends. The author, MetroDad, offers great thoughts for mental munching.
London Bridge is falling down…
My friend became a grandfather last year and the baby is learning to walk. She falls down all the time and every time she simply gets back up again. As I watch her I think, if I’m not goofing up, I’m probably not taking enough risks. The older I get, the fewer risks I want to take. But I make myself find ways to stretch. It’s what keeps me interested and I hope, interesting.
A few years ago, I decided to try downhill skiing (snowy clime and all…). First time was great. The second time I fell off the chair lift and fractured my pelvis. (Yeah, ouch.) As I looked back, I thought oh well, I’ll just cross country ski and I do. Sometimes I fall, but not from the chair lift.
My sister wanted to take this painting class and she wanted me to go with her. She can paint, I can’t. I think she wanted me to go so she could make fun of me. I went, she laughed and so did I. I learned that I could have a lot of fun with paints. I don’t have to make beautiful pictures. I can just be messy, creative and open my mind.
I focused on 3 key messages with my own kids. I:
- nagged them about hand written thank you notes
- reminded them that life is short, so be grateful every day
- helped them to understand that the best gift they could give themselves was to earn a living doing something they love
For those of us who are looking for work, I challenge you to find ways to ‘fall down’ and ‘mess up.’ If you need to borrow the paints, just give me a call.
Read this great post at: http://metrodad.typepad.com/index/2009/07/the-rules-25-life-lessons-for-my-daughter.html
Andy MarinoJuly 27, 2009
Thanks for this very simple and wise reminder of my humaness.
DeborahJuly 27, 2009
Hi Andy, thanks for the comment. I think it’s so important to creativity that we learn to mess up. The more we try to be right or good or perfect; the farther away we are from the source of ‘newness’ or originality. I want to be closer to those so I guess I’ll be falling down a little more! (figuratively speaking!)
KristineJuly 29, 2009
Sage advice for everyone. Thanks for sharing.
DeborahJuly 29, 2009
Hi Kristine, thanks for the comment. here’s a good trip, har har (groan)