If there’s a singular ubiquitous question circulating these days – from social media ‘water coolers’ to post-work happy hour commiserations to nights of quiet desperation soliloquies – that defines our collective mood, I’d say it’s some variation of this: When do you leap – and when do you play it safe?
Each morning on Twitter, I raise the question of questions, “What question are you living in this morning?” And even though no one phrases a question quite like the leaping one, it seems to pervade the adult world’s restless mood.
Someone whom I respect a great deal asked me a variation of the question today. “I know you’re not going to tell me what to do,” he said, thankfully, “but I just need to air out the situation.” And the situation was, in essence, he’s holding down two consulting jobs, one he loves though it works him to the bone, and the other, well, not so much. Would that he could shuck that second one and devote that time and energy to the creative work he relishes, that brings out another part of him, that feeds a hunger that has remained dormant for too long.
No one – no adviser, consultant, coach, therapist, or spouse – really has the answer. And I’d be a fool to offer five easy tips that answer that question. But there’s probably someone or a tree or a cloud or a sidewalk that will listen to you talk out your possibilities. Really, there are more possibilities in any situation than we usually can see. Take yourself to your brainstorming room. And have at it. See what’s possible.
So what were your day’s 3 highlights? Share them below – and let us know where you’re writing from.
See you in the woods,
The 3 Highlights Guy