Dust if you must

There’s a poem written by Rose Milligan of Lancaster, England, that goes like this:

Dust if you must
but wouldn’t it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed;
ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must
but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must
but the world’s out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain;
this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must
but bear in mind,
old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go,
and go you must…
You, yourself, will make more dust.

20130923-122822.jpgI am not much for dusting, and I can’t say I’ve ever felt that dusting is a must. But there are those who do. And that’s not better or worse than not feeling the urge to dust. But put it in the right perspective – do what you do for you, because it serves you and not because it’s a must.

Are your musts interfering with you living life to it’s fullest?

Berätta din historia!

Fick en fråga hur man ska tänka 20131024-130959.jpginför ett framträdande – och precis som Dennis Westerberg sa på #skolvåren:s #afkMalmö, så säger jag, att det viktigaste är att du berättar din historia! Inte min, utan din. Gör det utifrån dig själv, var äkta, och våga skapa känslor hos publiken. Dela din resa, både oops-händelser och aha-ögonblick. När du är äkta så spelar det mindre roll exakt vad du säger, och hur du säger det för det som åhörarna minns är känslan du väckte i dem.

Vad är din berättelse?


I am astounded.

And bothered.

We need to make a change.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?

Check this out:

I haven’t checked the data behind this – but they are listed at the end of the clip, so they should be easy to verify. But whether or not the data is 100% accurate or not, I am sure there is too much that is true!

So watch, and then ask yourself:
Is this the world you want to live in?

Trusting your answer to that question is No – I challenge you on what action you intend to take today, here and now, to make the world a better place?

Transform our world

I wrote about Phil Hansen, who realized his artistic limitations turned out not to be limitations at all. He also stated:

20131003-145620.jpgSince I dream big of creating a world that works, this resonated deep within me. I don’t think we need ”much more” than what we already have, to be able to transform the world. What we need is to tell ourselves an alternative story (in the words of Ivan Illich) and to realize that within the confines of what we have today, we can do so much more than we are doing. The constraints largely resides within our thoughts. We can have a different culture/society than the existing one.

So, try it out. Tell yourself an alternative story – by taking one small step, on the path of transformation. What can you do to push against an existing constraint and thereby to create something (in what ever form it wants to take on) that doesn’t exist today?

Nine life lessons

My good friend Michael Sillion sent me a link on Twitter, and boy, was I happy I watched it. It was this clip, of Tim Minchin giving a speech at his old university, before being bestowed an honorary doctorate. The first half of this clip is Tims nine life lessons, and I urge you to watch it!

The nine lessons touch upon these subjects:

  1. Dream
  2. Happiness
  3. Luck
  4. Exercise
  5. Opinions
  6. Teacher
  7. Love
  8. Respect
  9. Rush

However Tim does twist some of these topics in surprising ways – so be sure to watch the first 12 minutes of this clip.

Have you ever jotted down your life lessons?