Is that one of the greatest phrases ever written or what! Thought provoking on so many issues and levels. I wish I had made it up but the credit goes to Montessori International founders Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
How many times have you repeated something without questioning? Passed it on to others? Realized when it was way too late there were other perspectives?
Shoot. We’ve all done it.
I’m looking at the different areas of my life this week in order to discern where I have fallen victim to the law and where I have enforced it. It will probably take a lot longer than week. Self examination is funny that way.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” said Henry David Thoreau. Here’s the good news and the bad news about that: Once you start you will never be able to go back.
The peonies my mother-in-law planted in what is now our front yard are shooting up. All the information these spectacular flowers need to grow is completely contained in a seed the size of a pea.
I am obsessed with that. How can all the necessary information be there? Especially the part about moving up through hard soil…against the rules of gravity.
What is it about flowers and grass and trees that they grow against all odds? That once they start it takes extraordinary measures to stop them like a complete lack of water or an extreme wounding?
We all know people like that. Nothing stops them even when the extraordinary intervenes. How is it some continue to move upward even against the gravity of circumstances that stop others in their tracks?
Why isn’t it more common?
Over the next few months I am going seek out these amazing people and tell their stories. Won’t it be wonderful to learn how to do it ourselves?
I recently was having lunch with a group of talented, experienced social media pros. We began to talk about having different personas on Twitter. Lots of people do because they may represent companies or brands as well as themselves. I have two. One I use all the time. One I use primarily for experimentation of tweets or how many followers can I get in a month – stuff I’m curious about but don’t want to necessarily use for regular engagement.
How many is too many? How and when do we switch from one to another and is it too problematic when we aren’t actually visible?
Today I was sitting at my computer being an SEO consultant. My phone rang and with one look I changed into a mother. A few minutes later the building manager came in to thank me for referring someone to her and then I was a tenant. We all have a hundred different roles we play. In the next few hours I will be a Board President, a sister, a wife, a Tweeter, a friend on Facebook and that’s just what I know about right now.
Here’s the thing. Even in all those different roles I try to have the same core persona. I’m blunt. I want the best for whomever I’m dealing with. I have a strong sense of personal ethics. I am a fanatic for learning. I may have to soften up one area or toughen up another depending on the role I’m playing but no one ever has to worry that I’m not being myself.
Can that be done online? I don’t know. If I decide to have a persona strictly for my business say @successtrafficker will I really be offering anything different than just sticking with @victoriakamm? Isn’t that the lesson we’re supposed to be taking from social media – that we are our businesses?
Too many questions and not enough answers. I’m looking forward to your opinions!