This morning I listened to three of the women whose voices I so respect and admire. Oprah, Ellen & RGB.
Oprah and her profound SuperSoul Sunday conversations, she has an uncanny ability to bring to the world deep spiritual ideas and break them down to mainstream. She’s such a beautiful spiritual translator.
“Do the work you want to see.” - Oprah
Ellen Degeneres becoming more profound in her work, slipping in introductory sentences like this one before Ellen interviews a woman who pushes past her incredible pain to be all that she can be. This is Ellen encouraging us to talk about our inner process:
“The more people talk about anything that people are scared to talk about it’s good for all of us.” - Ellen DeGeneres.
And RBG, saying do something outside of yourself, if the law isn’t a tremendous opportunity for Voice and Change.
“If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside of yourself. Something to repair the tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is - living not for oneself, but for one’s community.” - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I’ve always heard different versions of these messages but somehow today, hearing all three within an hour, it helps me understand more about my logo path. It’s not enough for me to just be a designer, earn money, and “give” to my employer and clients like before. I also want to contribute to the need to dispel Pink Elephants in the room. That being real, transparent and trustworthy about our inner processes - including the messes - mean everything to me. I want to see more of this.
Also hugely important, I realize, that my focus up until now has been about how my life path has not been a straight line (NothingHappensInAStraightLine) and kind of wishing that I had the easier straight line path. But it’s literally today that I learned that my focus has been wrong. It’s not about whether my life is straight or curved. The point of the messy-line-life is not that it’s a disaster, it’s that the disaster is beautiful.
Maybe it’s not even an exaggeration to announce that today, January 13th, 2019, is the day that I felt the inner shift. I love my life. Exactly how it is. I see and feel and live bigger things that add eternal value not just to me but you too. (And it’s funny, EVERY TIME I have an inner shift like this, the soundtrack music I listen to matches it, the fight of the music resolves into a harmonic peaceful chord, how weird. How not weird.)
And that is the heart of it all for me. My core happiness is not just designing, although that will always be fun for me. I want to be in this Arena and contribute to the dispelling of universal fears, that there is no right path. If I want to see more courage and vulnerability in the world, I have to be it first.
Being a designer is safe for me. It just comes, clients love it, I get paid, I go shopping, repeat. Love. Being a Blogger is not safe. RGB says to “do something outside of yourself.” This couldn't be more outside of myself.
And yet I know more of this kind of vulnerability has to come in the world, it’s the only time when I experience people being happiest. When those moments of being real, connected, authentic, courageous and vulnerable HAPPEN.
So here’s more of to the sketch work of my logo: