iStockphoto - gordian knotPatti Digh asked this question on Twitter.  “What do you do when you are unsure?” and followed the question with  “Doubt can be as powerful and sustaining as certainty….”  (from the recent film Doubt)

Last night I was reading actress Sheila Hancock’s Just Me, the second of two books she has penned since the death of her husband John Thaw.  It’s about her experience of creating new ways of being after losing someone you love.   Quotations begin each chapter.  This one particularly resonated given the thoughts provoked by Patti’s question.

Neither look forward where there is doubt, nor backward where there is regret.  Look inward and ask yourself not if there is anything out in the world that you want and had better grab quickly before nightfall, but whether there is anything inside you that you have not yet unpacked.

From the play Resident Alien: Quentin Crisp Explains it All by Tim Fountain.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney

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Birds on the Wires  via Patti Digh is a magical musical creation by Jarbas Agnelli inspired by a group of birds…what are you noticing today?

Designing narrative with index cards - Dave Gray’s method of developing and sifting ideas for presentations which applies equally to story writing.

A video from Socialnomics via acidlabs   Social media data and thoughts of Stephen Collins on the revolution.

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yellow umbrellaPatti Digh‘s post Write to them goes to the assumption many of us make that someone we don’t know personally would not respond to acknowledgement of how their work has inspired, touched or made a difference in our lives.

It reminded me of a friend’s story.  Years ago, she attended a function.   As the event commenced, she was invited to join the official table.  She started chatting with the man next to her.   Before too long,  they were laughing and sharing stories about their children.  Among other things they talked about the joy that small boys get from all manner of embarrassing things.

As the meal concluded, the guest of honour was invited to give his speech.  My friend’s jaw dropped as she realised that she’d been speaking to the guest of honour, the head of state of a newly emerging country.

After he returned to his seat, he said to my friend,  “You didn’t know who I was, did you?”  “No”.  He smiled.  “Would you have shared those stories with me if you had known?”   “Probably not”, she responded honestly.

What is it that stops us connecting with people who’ve found some level of fame in their lives through their work?  What are they missing from not having honest and regular conversations with others of us having the same human experiences?

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