"Shall we know fire? Shall we know dragons? And shall they know us?"
Hey, there, True Beleivers!
I have to say, I love this time of year, and not just because I get to bank some serious vacation time and play writer. There is something about this week between Christmas and New Year's that causes me to reflect more deeply, the think about the year that was and make plans for what I need to do to make the coming year what I want it to be.
One goal I have to to make this blog more about you, my collection of True Believers who actually read what I have to share, not just like it on social media without a glance.
Just so you're aware, I use that term, True Believers, without a hint of sarcasm. A friend of mine once pointed out to me, that there is no halfway with Joe McCauley. You're either all in and will take a bullet for the big guy, or you'll dedicate your life to eradicating my destructive influence upon society. I don't know what it is about me that makes me such a polarizing influence. Maybe that's a blind spot I should figure out. Maybe not.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I knwo you're out there. Sometimes we connect via text, or e-mail or social media. Sometimes we actually try something completely modern and see each other in real space and real time. But let me assure you right now that I appreciate having each and every one of you with me on this journey. I think this blog has become something of a mass message to you all and I want to make sure this is meaningful to you.
So in the spirit of this goodness, during this reflective week, I want to make sure I share a resource for you each day, along with some minor goals I have for this holiday break of mine.
So, first, I highly recommend a book I'm reading right now. Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan. Meng was a big guy at Google who was part of creating the positive work culture embedded in that company. Unhappy with the state of his life, he discovered mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence as his gateway to being happier, more balanced, a better person.
Many of you are aware that I'm a big fan of this kind of philosophy and have read deeply on the subject. Yes, that's right, it's taken a lot of work for me to be the barely functioning mess who connects with you on a regular basis. However, even though I've proabbaly read most of what Meng cites in his bibliography, I find his book to be an excellent summary on the topic. It's good as an introduction to the topic, or as a very deep refresher, which I'm finding very enjoyable.
Now, if you've shiey away for this kind of material before, I don't blame you. I'm not a fan of touchy feely oversharing or crystal gazing new age superstition. If you fall into this camp, I thing Meng's work might be good for you. He approaches the ideas as jsut pragmatic cognitive behavioral choices we can make in the moment. You can approach it as part of a meditative practice you may want to start in 2017, or as a common sense way to navigate the world of work, life in general or whatever your journey has for you. It's readable. It's funny. It's good. You'll finfish it in short order.
That's today's resource. I have no idea what tomorrow's will be. I also plan on discussing one of my goals for 2017. Hint, it's about the music!