What I’m Grateful For: Spring Will Come

We got over 20 inches of snow a couple nights ago. One of the largest overnight snowfalls that I can remember. Everything is buried. Doors are blocked by huge avalanches of snow that slid off the rooflines. The driveway is invisible. We got a heck of a lot of snow.

But it’s March and I know that snow – no matter how much of it there is – will melt soon, and give way to spring. Even if it feels like an impossible feat, spring will come.

There have been nights in my life that I didn’t think dawn would every arrive. The dark seemed too immense, too thick, and I was stuck. But even when the possibility of a new beginning, or a better tomorrow seemed utterly inconceivable, even when I had nothing like faith – the sun still inevitably rose, the light spread, and the planet shifted on its axis. Time passed, wounds healed, new possibilities emerged where nothing but fog had been.

This is not to say that life will always get better, not at all. But the sun will rise, and it will set. The earth will turn towards the sun, and then away. We can allow ourselves to understand this deeply, to accept it with all its implications. We can be grateful, even in the midst of doubt.

What I’m Reading: The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson.  The premise of this book is simple: breakthrough creativity and innovation happens at the intersections of different fields, ideas, people and cultures.

The title refers to the Medici family of Italy, which in the 1400’s brought together artists, philosophers, historians, musicians, mathematicians and more into Florence, Italy and ultimately began the Renaissance.

Here’s a great quote  ” A Renaissance man is someone that can see trends and patterns and integrate what he knows. To me the modern Renaissance man is curious, interested in different things. You have to be willing to ‘waste time’ on things that are not directly relevant to your work because you are curious. But then you are able to, sometimes unconsciously, integrate them back into your work.”

The ramifications of this claim are intriguing. Think about our public elementary schools – in most, only reading, math and writing are being taught (“teaching to the test”). If you are lucky there might be band. There’s no history, science, philosophy, art. No place for time “wasted” on being curious about frogs in winter, or about the secret lives of squirrels. No place for unexpected Intersections. No time for innovation and creative leaps.

Stay tuned, I’ll write more about this next week!

Nick’s Tip: Check out your appearance! Have someone critique your shoes, jacket, haircut – what image are you presenting? Do you project the qualities that you are intending to? Try to align your physical presentation with the brand you are creating – expertise, trustworthiness, cutting edge tactics, etc.

Quick Web Tip: When using your control panel to make edits on your website, make sure you are using Google Chrome or Firefox – not Internet Explorer.

What I’m Pondering:   “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world….” – Einstein