In just a few days Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. Ironically, the holiday does little to reinforce either the position of thankfulness, nor a posture of giving. Instead it serves as the home stretch to wrap up a yearlong messaging of overconsumption – which is another way of saying do ‘too much’.
The problem with a constant indulgence with ‘too much’ is that we don’t train ourselves to turn it off. ‘Too much’ has become the American way. We work too much, we eat too much, those with little spend too much, and those with excess keep too much.
If you’re going to do ‘too much’ here are a few things worth over consuming on in the upcoming year. It’s not exhaustive list, feel free to add on.
- Try spending too much time with family or a loved one
- Try giving too much to someone in need
- Try saying I love you too much
- Spend too much time on a project that will make your block, town, state, or world a better place.
The real test of relevance is if someone will miss you when you’re gone. Miss you when you stop showing up. It’s always surprises me when someone says to me you haven’t made a post in a while. What they’re saying is that you haven’t showed up and I miss that.
When I started this blog I wrote mostly about marketing. Although I love the business of marketing I don’t really like solely writing about it. Marketing is what allows me the freedom to write this blog. I don’t mean marketing the blog, or selling stuff on it because I don’t market it and nothings for sale on it. The marketing I’m privileged to do for clients that pay me to market their brands funds the time and expense of maintaining this blog.
The amazing thing about writing is that if you do it enough, and just let it flow you can find your self…your true north. Today I write this blog because I want to influence you (the reader) to take action (where ever you see fit), to connect with another human in a meaningful way, or to start something new. That’s what I like to write about. Those things take me in different directions, and different trains of thought. It’s an important work…not because I think so but because when I don’t someone misses it…and that humbles me.
Many top bloggers, and social media mavens don’t write their own blog or social media post…they outsource it to agency’s like mine, or to freelancers. This blog and what I’m trying to accomplish with it is far to important for that.
So is what you’re trying to do. It doesn’t take long at all to write something that can change someone, show an act of kindness, share an insight, to give beyond your resources, or to take a leap of faith. So what are you waiting for?
Turns out white folks, black folks, yellow folks, and all the other color struck folks have got it wrong. We are all closer in color than we realize. You see your eyes aren’t the best tools you have for picking up on someones skin color, it’s actually your ears.
If you could pick up on the sound waves human skin gives off, as the worlds first cyborg Neil Harbisson does, you’d actually realize we are all shades of orange.
Since it’s not likely that you’ll end up cyborg, you could simply take the Bible’s word for it. Turns out the Hebrew word Adam which in scripture denotes both the person Adam and mankind (that’s U and me) means Red or ruddy (reddish person/reddish people). Ruddy is defined as a healthy red color. So when Neil says that he hears all humans as some shade of orange he’s in the right place in Gods color wheel (orange is next to red on the color wheel). Thanks to Samsung you can watch a short documentary on the the worlds first cyborg and how he came to hear colors…I’ve posted it below.
Camera lenses also do a much better job at actually showing us how similar we all are on the color wheel. Many thanks to Angelica Doss for her Humane Project which proves how close different races of people are along the Pantone. You can see her project here, you can listen to her TED Talk here. Really check them out its fascinating. Thank you Angelica!
Something To Make You Go Hmm! Looks like Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five somehow also knew this truth way back in 1982 when they rapped the lyrics to Survival the Message 2 “…blacks and whites don’t realize that they’re really pink and brown”. Guess what you get when you combine pink and brown? Yea, a ruddy color.
Prince once said he’d rather us celebrate his death than the day of his birth. If you know anything about him you can figure out why. So in remembrance to my brother Prince here’s a verse from one of my favorite tunes by him called the Max.
I loved this song from the moment I first heard it. I keep in my workout playlist. I think the message he was sending was two fold. One is that we have to have perseverance, and two that we have to be willing to work really hard…at whatever work we find ourselves doing.
The Max by Prince (partial lyrics)
When my back is so far back it’s on the other side of the wall
When half a chance is all I get if I get a chance at all
When the going gets tougher than the tough can go
I grind the axe, that’s when I go, I go, I go to the max, I go
When they tell me to walk a straight line
I put on crooked shoes
When they tell me that I can’t live forever
I pay some overdues (Kick it)
When they start makin’ up a crazy rule
That’s when I break a back
Cause when I go, I go, I go to the max, I go
The simplest solution may indeed be the most difficult.
Now, these 3 things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.