The laptop was unopened for days prior to this moment. In many ways, it was refreshing – I do after all have a new smartphone that kept me in touch with the cyber world over the Christmas holiday.
Many thoughts rummaged in my mind as I thought about what to write on the Monday before a new year launches. I find “re-entry” hard to manage, thus the difficulty of turning thoughts from holiday preparation and celebration to business matters at hand. But to my delight, yesterday’s Sunday newsletter from Chris Brogan provides me with rich material – material I want to share with all of you. Why? Because what Chris wishes me – I wish to each of you. So I copied/pasted the bulk of his piece and encourage you to take his words to heart. For they are exactly what I wish for each of you as we head into 2015. So please read on. . .
“Hi Linda S Fitzgerald!
This email to you is full of wishes. I mean every single one of them, and I hope to be able to help in some small way. I hope this email finds you in that moment of contemplation and mild guilt we all slip into this time of year. Because I want to help with what’s to come.
I’ve got a mug of mulled cider because, you know, holidays and winter and stuff. You?
My Wish for You
My wish in this coming year is that people know more about you, that they understand what you’re about. My wish for the coming year is that people get as excited about what you’re doing as you yourself do.
My wish for 2015 is that you find within yourself the commitment and discipline to keep your passions alive and share them with all those people who need what you’re doing and providing. And if, for reasons of fate and circumstance, you’re not working on something you feel strongly about, I wish that this coming year is your breakaway year, and that you find a way to be where you belong, instead of trying to fit in.
I hope that you find the misfits and world dominators, the instigators and crazies, the people who freak out over what you bring to the picnic. I hope that you dare to dye your hair blue or get that tattoo, or tell that person you’ve loved forever but never told that you love them. I hope you shave your head, grow your hair long, buy that purple hat, use that purple crayon.
My wish is that you crave more but be so grateful for what you have. Make the “more” be about your capabilities and your ability to serve. Make the “what you have” serve you well, but never look for anchors when success comes from sails.
Wealth comes from serving others. Find those you can help and help them. Don’t worry about the details at first. Be helpful. All my money came from two places: failure, and helping others. And remember that money isn’t the definition of wealth. It’s a byproduct.
My wish for you is that you face the fears that need facing, and that you banish those fears that were silly to begin with but have somehow held residence in your soul for far too long. The fears that need facing can be trained for, prepared for, practiced for, and then you go to war. The silly fears? Well, those just have to go.
My wish for you is that you know those around you. I’m just a fire you’ve gathered around. But if you sought out the monchu (Heck, tweet something with the word #monchu and see who tweets back), you’d have so much more than what I alone can offer. That’s been my dream since I started. So far, no one ever goes far enough to make it true. You’re the star. I’m just the fire.
Finally, remember that my annual “My 3 Words” experience starts on January 1st. Just go to my blog (on the 1st, not sooner!) to see how to do it, and then dive in. I can’t WAIT to hear yours.” (The link is not yet live, but you can find Chris here: Chris Brogan.)
Chris uses the word “monchu” and I think it relates to a community or tribe of like-minded folks who gather together to grow and become. What I love about this newsletter is his emphasis on ‘belonging’. Belonging to something bigger than we are individually in order to accomplish much more than we can do alone.
It occurs to me that each of us is a “fire” and a “star“. We can – and will – become the fire around which others gather in order to ‘shine’ for our world to see. As fire, we have the capability of igniting, inspiring and encouraging the ‘stars’ about us – in ways neither of us dreamed possible.
So my wish for each of you as we rapidly approach a new year with unlimited potential and possibility, is that we choose to be fire-starters. And, at the same time, we definitively decide to shine in ways we never imagined we could!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner
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