If you haven’t watch Ze Frank‘s An Invocation for Begninners, carve out three minutes of your day and do so. There aren’t too many pure voices left out there on the Web. But Ze’s is one of them. And I couldn’t be happier that he’s back making videos. And I couldn’t be happier that he’s made this video. Watch it and then be it.
I’ve transcribed some highlights below, things that stabbed me in the chest and stayed with me. I’m sure you’ll find your own soundbytes. But only if you’re smart enough to hit play.
“Let me think about the people who I care about the most. And when they fail or disappoint me I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself.”
“Let me find and use metaphors to help me understand the world around me and give me the strength to get rid of them when its apparent they no longer work.”
“Let me thank the parts of me that I don’t understand or are outside my rational control like my creativity and my courage. And let me remember that my courage is a wild dog. It won’t just come when I call it. I have to chase it down and hold on as tight as I can.”
“Let me remember that the unintended meaning that people project onto what I do is neither my fault or something I can take credit for.”
“Let me remember that the impact of criticism is often not the intent of the crtitic. But when the intent is evill, that’s what the block button is for.”
“Let me not think of my work only as a stepping stone to something else. And if it is, let me become fascinated with the shape of the stone.”
“There is no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.”
“And, God, let me enjoy this. Life isn’t just a sequence of waiting for things to be done. “