Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A gift and some serious inspiration

First I want to say "Thank you" to those who have filled out my little poll (at the right on the web version of this page). Your feedback is helping me understand how to craft better content that you will enjoy. That in turn helps me feel better about what I'm doing here, both in this blog and on the planet!  :-)

As a little gift of gratitude to all my subscribers and readers, you are invited to share the image above and send it out to all your friends if you'd like. Just click on the image above till you get the large size, then save it to your computer. Now you can share it in your emails if you'd like.

If you are not familiar with Imbolc, this is the first "Cross Quarter" day of the New Year. Cross Quarter days celebrate the half-way point between the Solstices and Equinoxes. Imbolc marks the mid-point (roughly) between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Here in the northern hemisphere, it is when we usually begin to notice an increase in the quality and amount of daylight that we receive each day. And for those of us lucky enough to track the sunsets or rises on a horizon, we notice that the sun is really starting to move now on its annual migration. For me the Imbolc sunset usually happens pretty close to the point of the mountain seen in the center of the ice wheel above so it seemed like a good image to use for the e-card.

  So that is Part One of the inspirational gift I have for you. The second part is a link to a really inspiring recording I heard tonight. Some of you may be familiar with the Public radio program called "On Being". I can recommend it as a very intelligent and thoughtful show. But the one this week, an interview with Seth Godin was exceptional. Here is the link to listen online or you can also download from here and listen later: CLICK HERE 

 The subtitle for this show is called "On the art of noticing and then creating"  (can you see why I might be attuned to this talk?) and it is not just for artists, but for all of us. Seth really has a grasp of how this world is fundamentally changing, especially in regards to our evolutionary growth as a society of "tribes" as he calls it and especially how the internet and digital media are changing us all faster than we realize. This interview is one of the best I've ever heard him give. It lasts an hour so give yourself time to take it all in. If you really liked it, there is a longer version on the On Being website. Also, if you prefer to read the interview, you can do that instead... HERE is the link to that page.

     I hope you will find the talk stimulating and supportive....I know I did!  Enjoy and Happy Imboc ( usually celebrated on Feb. 2nd so it is coming up) Everyone!

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