Rising from the ashes – still crazy after all these years?
(with credit to Paul Simon)
I found this blog post from 5 years ago – interesting to reflect on how much has changed – writing this in France, in our dream home, for one thing – how much is the same – the actions I was choosing then I choose now, so perhaps they are perennials which keep life moving and us growing.
And, yes, definitely still crazy, and delighted to be so.
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for those who follow Christian traditions. I’m not a churchgoer any more, but I still recall the walk up the church aisle to experience the scratchy feel of ash being marked in the form of a cross onto my forehead by the priest. I guess it must have happened for each of the 14 years of my schooldays, and more.
I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family, and my childhood memories of Lent are about loads of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday prior to ‘giving up’ something I liked on Ash Wednesday for the remaining 40 days and 40 nights in preparation for Easter. It was usually chocolate. It probably still should be chocolate. Or wine. Or cheese.
Anyway, I haven’t given anything up for Lent for more years than I care to recall.
And I’m not about to start again.
Not Giving Up
I’ve decided to follow that hackneyed quote from Winston Churchill: ‘never, ever, ever…give up’.
But I am going to do something.
Not penance, but productivity.
Not denial, but delight.
I am going to do more.
No, not more chocolate, wine and cheese. Not more of anything material. But definitely more fun. More stuff that delights, surprises and stretches me. Maybe even more stuff that’s good for me like – walking and water.
Being pragmatic, things and actions I’m in control of:
- Meeting more people, online and offline
- Launching my leadership and transformation retreats at my new home in SW France
- Creating more crucial, constructive conversations
- Writing at least one blog every week
- More exuberance and fun
- More kindness and love
People Ideas Action
So I’m not giving anything up.
I’m keeping hold of what I have that I love.
But I am expanding my life with fresh people, ideas, and most crucially, actions. It’s going to be a fascinating forty days, for sure.
And as part of the action – crucial, constructive conversations – if you would like to share your experiences I’m also doing a series of 5 minute ‘Spring Talks’ interviews for publication so contact me for more information and let me know if you want to join in.
Leave a message here or contact me via christine at christinemiller dot co (and no, the ‘co’ isn’t a typo, it’s correct)