As a doodler and a note taker, I am in the habit of having a large, blank blotter pad on my desk. I jot notes, reminders and quotes and thoughts that jump out to me. I’ve been doing this for years and each time I rip off a sheet, I am torn as to what to do with the used piece. Certainly there were bits and pieces written on it that only served me in the moment. But what of the other notes? What about the quotes I had happened upon? What about the random lines that would come out of my mouth when I was coaching and teaching? How would I keep those?
My solution? I started a journal and titled it Blotter Wisdom. I review the large, messy page at the start of a new month and carefully curate the entries to be transferred to my Blotter Wisdom journal. I mentioned this practice to a colleague and she asked if I would share it each month. And so the #BlotterWisdom post was born.
Here are the bits of wisdom and curiosity I have to share from my September blotter. I will cite the author/speaker wherever possible. When the thoughts are mine, I’ll note that, too. If I am unsure of the source, I’ll leave it blank. I hope that they may serve you in some manner.
Definitions belong to the definer, not the defined. ~ Toni Morrison
The condition of my heart and the quality of my relationships ~ what if that was my measurement? ~ Nancy C (a colleague)
What boundaries do I need to put in place so I can work from a place of integrity and extend the most generous interpretations of the intentions, words and actions of others? ~ Brene Brown
Expectations are resentments waiting to happen. ~ Annie Lamott
Complete isn’t an end point ~ it’s a state of mind
You have permission to play in the grey area ~ it need not be black or white ~ Megan
What perspective are you tethered to? What if you let it go? ~ Megan
~ the quality of ambiguity or disorientation in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status, but have not yet begum the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete
~ of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
(on line definition ~ inspired by a Martha Beck piece I read)
My thoughts: Liminal is the space between who you were and who you’re becoming. ~ Megan
Order does not equal control. What if I considered order as just a structure or a framework? Would that be easier to maintain? ~ Megan
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell
~ choosing courage over comfort
~ choosing what it right over what is fun, fast or easy
~ choosing to practice our values rather tan just professing them.
~ Brene Brown
Which, if any, piece of wisdom speaks to you? How may it serve you?
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