New Moon: Consider the Conventional
As much as I value spontaneity, creative freedom, and artistic shenanigans, I understand that doing things the conventional way has value too. I took up piano for 13 years, and while I was never really good at it (like in a musician sort of way), I feel that all those Saturday mornings spent on scales and pieces instilled a solid work ethic in me. Discipline counts.
A good work ethic, a solid foundation you can fall back on, and plain old hard work all matter. I feel like being street smart gets all the cred these days, and book smart folks have become the uncool, geeky underdogs. Taking the traditional route counts for something too—and while it's not the whimsical, pixie manic dream girl path for the most part, it brings something solid, supportive, and reliable to the table too.
This New Moon, let's take inspiration from the great Willy Wonka. "Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." Are you working hard enough to get yourself to 105%?
- Do you struggle against the rules? What about them irks you so much?
- People say we've got to first learn the ABCs before we can go off and color outside the lines. How have you done both in your life—respected tradition and gone against it?
- What do you feel you're innately good at? What do you feel needs more practice in your life?
- "Leap and the net will appear." What's your safety net like?