Brian and I were just in Chicago where I attended the Podcast Movement ’16 conference. I’m currently working on a QuOTeD episode that documents the extra day we spent in the Windy City after the conference. As we bummed around, with the exception of advertisements, I started to note the words people were wearing on t-shirts. I wondered if they could be strung together to either snap a sort of picture of the day or a specific time and place in the culture.
Sixteen years ago, a friend and I found ourselves talking about purpose. The following is a partial transcript from that conversation. I had just made a comment about how “knowing yourself” always seemed to be the promise of the next stage of life. When you’re thirty, this. When you’re forty that. When you’re fifty…
Incidentally, the original Question of the Day was “Tell me about a wake-up call that informs the way you live your life today.”
After 13 years, Brian trades in his Mazda that has had one too many repairs. The night before we take it into the dealer, we get the car washed and take it for a spin around our favorite places in town.
What are the barriers to being grounded in a culture filled with distractions and how can we separate the signal from the noise to get grounded?
Being grounded means that you’re self-aware, don’t put on personas, are down-to-earth and solid but open and probably kind. You have confidence (but you’re not cocky), which means that you’re not prone to taking things personally. You’re comfortable with making meaningful decisions because you have figured out how to separate the signal from the noise; being grounded means that you focus on the important stuff. You’re generally calm. Above all you are present! You’re living in the moment! You are not judgmental, but accepting of imperfections, including your own. This puts people at ease and that’s just one reason why they like you. Why can it be tough to be grounded in today’s world? What can we do to filter out the noise of smart phones, war drums and looping commercials that take us away from ourselves? Meditation, walking, yoga and even taking an improv class are just some ideas suggested. Continue reading “What does it mean to be grounded?”
So Valentine’s Day has come and gone and no podcast yet. It’s coming together and I’m aiming to post it by March. I can’t wait to share it with you! Yesterday Brian and I hung out in the new studio where I experimented with a question for an upcoming episode. While we ended up having a nice conversation, the question didn’t exactly work.
I’ve recorded over 20 answers to “the question” and am in the process of marking up the tapes and formulating ideas about how I want to assemble the clips I take from them. I expect to have something ready by Valentines Day or earlier.