What’s with all this self-promotion?
I have to be honest. I really struggle with narcissism, not mine, but others. I laugh regularly with my step-son with his tendency to post selfies…like seriously twenty times a day!!! What’s with that??? I get that it’s a generational trend and he uses it as a way of socialising with his friends…but for me, I find it both amusing, and somewhat mildly disturbing. But that isn’t the essence of this blog…this is about my own struggle with self-promotion.
Anytime we embark on a new venture, whether it be in business, job, sport, hobby, study, relocation or relationship we have times we look back and pose the question “was it worth it?”
Question-asking is important. Questions help explore, unpack, uncover and dig deeper beyond what presents itself as obvious. Questions can be comforting “How are you coping?” Questions can be inquisitive “I was wondering…” Questions can be creative “If there was one thing you’d love to be doing…” Questions can be confronting “What were you thinking?” Questions can give voice to the mysterious “What the hell is going on here?” Questions can be asked of questions “Why is that important?”
I hate throwing things away – not that I hoard, but I’d rather reshape, repair or re-purpose than simply go out and replace. It’s why I love restoring old furniture – giving it new life. It’s a core value that I seek to hold true.
My fridge died. My lawn mower died. My dryer died. All within weeks of each other. There were moments of exasperation “You’ve got to be kidding me!”; “You can’t be serious!” and “WTF!?!?!”
Reality is things have a lifespan. Continue reading
2016 commenced with such high hopes, dreams and sense of belonging. At first glance life appeared great but the looming loss lurking below the fragility of the surface was soon broken like a croc lunging from the depths.
What did I learn from a year that nearly destroyed me?