So here it is, almost six weeks since the last time I wrote a post. I've been traveling for work and decided I should be fully present in that time serving, therefore, I took time off from writing. There were a couple of days I thought for sure I was going to bust from a build up of creative energy but I made it. Now it's time to get back up on the saddle...with a keyboard and a trackpad.
When I look back at the last two months I believe it will be a dividing line in my life. In my mind's eye it plays out like a scene in a western movie. The scene takes place on the main dirt road in some little town. Every character involved is huddled together facing out of town, including myself.
There's a decision to be made: Play it safe or go on adventure.
Stepping out of the crowd (insert yourself here because I am doing the same), I (you) draw a line in the dirt with my (your) foot between myself (yourself) and the crowd. And this is what I (you) say:
This line divides the brave and the vulnerable from the worried and the trapped. If you step across this line you won't operate out of fear anymore and approval from others won't mean much. From here, everything is art. We will create something out of nothing because we we're made to do exactly that. Who's with me? Who wants to go on this adventure?
You sound good, right!?
Over the last six weeks I've been thinking about the people I want to spend this next season of life with. The answer is very clear to me: The Brave and The Vulnerable. Brene Brown would refer to these people in her incredible book Daring Greatly as those who live "Whole Hearted" lives. When I experience these type of people I can't help but be drawn in. I'm on their team. Instantly. This is the future of The Factory, helping the world know these people because the world needs more people living whole hearted lives.
So what do The Brave the The Vulnerable look like?
To me, they look like the following:
- They have accepted who they are and how they are made
- They hold loosely to the judgement of an audience
- Fear doesn't keep them from creating art
- They have confidence in what they are capable of
- They ship ideas or things they've created often without checking for a response before shipping again
- The process of creating art means more to them than the crowds response to their art
- Permission means little to them
- New situations and new relationships don't distract them from creating art
- They take risks
- They can speak about how they feel
- They seek out others who like adventure and they are always bringing someone with them
- They know they have value and what they create has value
Are you one of The Brave and The Vulnerable? If you want to be you can be. And if you are one then I'd like to be along side you. I feel clear on this new calling in this new season, if you are one of The Brave and The Vulnerable you have a team behind you in The Factory Family. Let's go chase down some dreams and go on some adventures.
We're ready if you're ready.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”