Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Power Of Thinking Big
There's an old self-help book, The Power Of Thinking Big, that makes me laugh when I hear it in my sister Beth's car. Don't talk about your ailments, the reader implores. Why? It bores people. Even though I don't really agree because I don't mind hearing gory details about illness, I know that most people don't want that kind of information. So what do you talk about? According to old-fashioned lore, not politics, religion, or sex. Although in this age where most people seem pathologically unable to hang out with people who disagree with them (big problem if you ask me), it seems that talking about any of the above would be boring. Celebrities? Also tired.
I don't like small talk. Unlike your ailments, it does bore me. I find a lot of social occasions crushingly boring and those who know me know that I'd rather have an intimate conversation with one or a few trusted friends than be at a party, trying to circulate. I want to cut through the polite bullshit. I don't mind harmless gossip -- let's face it, occupational hazard of being a writer. I love good stories. So for me, the power of thinking big is all about being present and transparent. Don't ask me something for the sake of being polite. Ask me what you want to know. Or tell me a good story. I'll listen and follow you to hell and back, provided you want company.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I wear the chains I forged in life." Charles Dickens
Movie suggestion: Please Give
Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for all the kind words about the new template and a special thanks to Jason for mentioning the links and Totall for the date mention -- working out all the glitches!