A devoted reader of this blog pointed out that yesterday’s interview with Liz Jansen and The Writer’s Almanac with snippets from May Swenson, Walker Percy and Maeve Binchy shared a theme. Transformation. Since I’m a firm believer in synchronicity (the idea that there are certain moments when the whole universe is playing the same tune in the same symphony at the exact same time) I decided to make that the Tool For Tuesday (For an amusing Tool for Tuesday, look here.) Today’s Tool for Tuesday: Try something totally, terrifically and terrifyingly new.
Another dear friend – I’ll call her Jessica – said that she would never comment on a blog but since she hears my mantra in her head (Be more you by being less you) she said she’d take the leap and write something. (Operators standing by!)
True confession: My perfectionism has often scared me from doing new things. I didn’t take college courses that fascinated me out of fear that I wouldn’t do well at them. I avoided entering competitions because of a very unhelpful idea I’d learned in childhood that if you weren’t number one, you were worthless. I unlearned this lesson when it dawned on me that somewhere between Number #1 and the bottom of the pile was a lot of room. A lot of places to be. And ways to live my life.
What are you going to try that’s new today? It could be something really big – like learning to ride a motorcycle – or something relatively small. It could be a new behavior – saying yes when you usually say no. Or saying no when you usually say yes.
Which brings me back to Jessica, who says that she has the kind of look which invariably draws people to her – in the supermarket, when they want to get ahead of her at the checkout line.
“For some reason, people always ask me if they can cut in front of me,” Jessica said. She doesn’t know why this is. Maybe because she looks like she has a big heart. (She does.) She always says yes because she wants to be nice and then two more people slip in front of her. She has so far been unable to say no. Then again, I don’t know if I’d be able to say no to a shopper with a green apple and a can of baby formula in her hands when I have a full cart. But it would be a good experiment just to try. (I still wouldn’t dare! Would you?)
What are you going to try that’s new for today? You can comment on Liz Jansen’s post and enter the draw to win her inspiring book, Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment in e-book version.
Oh, there are so many new things you could try. Speak up when you usually keep silent. Keep silent when you usually speak up. Wear polka dots. Wear white. Skip down the road. Climb a tree. Start learning a new language. Read a poem. Take a good, fresh look at life. As May Swenson wrote to Elizabeth Bishop, “Not to need illusion—to dare to see and say how things really are, is the emancipation I would like to attain.”
Try something untested and new today. One way to start our best chapter is to write a new page. What will yours be?