“THE GOOD NEWS”
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The Good News x2.
Molly and Lilly (I have trouble telling them apart) say Hi…
My brother’s dogs. We’ve been dogsitting while his family takes their vacation.
Welcome, my friend…
Mid-summer greetings (at least to those in the northern hemisphere), and welcome to the July issue of The Drewsletter.
On the whole it’s been a lovely season. Sure, I can do without the humidity and deerflies, but the good far outweighs the bad…
Hey, that’s this month’s theme! Goodness is all around us… so easy to forget sometimes. I invite you to read on and tap into some more GOOD NEWS.
A quick note: While this month’s feature is written from the perspective of an American, I am conscious (and very grateful) of the fact that many readers of this newsletter hail from other countries. I believe the greater message still applies and I’d be interested in hearing those perspectives.
Also, please take note of the free community call I’ll be doing August 5th on the Foundations for Living A Very Cool Life. You’re invited…
Okay, then. Off we go… It’s time to load the kayak on the truck and head to a nice lake in Vermont for some sunshine, paddling, and a swim. See you on the water.
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THE GOOD NEWS!
Catch the news lately?
Doesn’t matter the medium – TV, radio, newspapers, blogs…
Doesn’t matter the subject. The news ain’t good: Gas prices, war, mortgages, job losses, bankruptcies, salmonella, government-sponsored torture, climate change…
It’s heavy. It’s bleak. It’s crisis.
In America today, many people will tell you that the sky is falling. No really, this time they mean it. They point to numbers, cite statistics, and offer lessons from history as evidence that things are going to hell in a hand basket.
I understand their point. But it’s not in my nature to accept it. Yes, I am an optimist (I’ve never seen the advantage of being a pessimist). Yes, I believe everything moves in cycles, and yes, I believe that I have the ability to create my reality no matter the circumstances around me. Whether or not you share my worldview, with all the heaviness permeating the ether, I feel compelled to inject a dose of good news.
For argument’s sake, let’s agree that America is in a state of crisis. Certainly, crisis is not an ideal place to be, but as I promised you, there is some good news.
In fact, in many areas of life, we spend a good portion of our energy neglecting or band-aiding growing problems. For example, when a dam needs attention, at first it will show some cracks and a few drops of water will make their way through. The crack most likely revealed that the integrity of the dam was compromised. In other words, unless deeper changes are made to the infrastructure, the problem will return. Water, gravity, and the path of least resistance are relentless forces in exposing weakness.
While change is the nature of life, part of human nature is to resist change. In the face of a problem, the two most common responses are to 1) neglect the situation, and 2) patch the leak and hope to get by a little longer. We tend to cling to the beliefs that it’s easier, safer, and cheaper to maintain the status quo. But the nature of life moves with the power of the universe behind it – it’s impossible to stop. With time, the crack will open up again, the drip will become a stream. And now, as you face the prospect of the entire dam breaking down, you have a crisis on your hands.
Ah, but I said that there was good news, yes? Here it is: Crisis awakens.
Humans are remarkably adaptable creatures; we can get used to just about anything. Earlier this summer I had to do some work on my septic tank. I spent the first few hours gagging, but by the end of the day, I worked with little regard for the smell. While our ability to adapt serves us well in many ways, it also desensitizes us to making changes in a pre-emptive manner.
You can drive with brakes that squeak a little bit every time you come to a stop. However, when the grating sounds of metal on metal fill your car as you strain your calf muscle depressing the pedal further into the floorboard — and you still glide through the stop sign – there’s no getting around it any longer. It’s time to get your brakes fixed.
Cleary, it’s not ideal to wait until situations reach a point of crisis. As is the case with your car’s brakes, usually the longer we ignore a growing problem, the higher the final cost of repairs.
Still, crisis is not without its merit. Crisis holds purpose. Crisis provides contrast. Crisis moves us to clarify what we really want. When we embrace crisis, crisis is often the catalyst to evolution. So individually and collectively, we ignore crisis at our own peril.
In my experience as a coach, change often comes more slowly for those who fall in the “good enough” category. In other words, they know they want to upgrade their lives, but in the current reality, things are good enough (e.g., they have enough money, decent relationships, some free time, etc). In these cases, change comes in baby steps. The prevailing thought seems to be “why risk it?”
On the other hand, give me someone on the other end of the phone who’s in the middle of crisis (they hate their job, lost a spouse, etc), and I’ll show you someone who’s ready to walk through some fire to reach the ocean. These folks have hit the threshold where the risk of doing more of the same is greater than the risk of changing. In other words, they are experiencing a crisis.
Quoting the economist Paul Romer, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” While it may sound like a feel-good cliché, it’s nonetheless true: Crisis holds opportunity. On a national level, America’s energy and identity crises holds the power to slingshot the country back to greatness. On a personal level, while crisis is unpleasant, it holds the potential for lasting transformation.
While the good news is that crisis can serve as the bucket-of-cold-water-to-the-face in the process of awakening, going forward, this is not the preferred mode of operation. Waiting for crisis and choosing to swim in the drama is the less conscious, reactive way of being. Ideally, we want to sensitize ourselves and lower our thresholds of discomfort rather than maintain them. By noticing and adjusting at the earliest whiff of a new problem or a recurring issue, the emotional and physical costs remain low. This awareness, and the willingness to respond, are the differentiating factors between those who live a very cool life and those who do not.
Finally, expect dark news to continue for a while, but do not get too caught up in it. Refrain from being part of the “ain’t it awful?” crowd. Remember that evolution is a process, not an event. And know that, in the end, it’s all good.
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In my definition, a very cool life is a life full of connection.
Connection to self, connection to others, connection to source.
When I’m coaching, teaching, and relating to like-minded people about the dynamics of conscious living, I am connected. In those moments, I feel totally aligned — like I am doing what I was built to do.
So, I figured, if it feels so good, why not do even more of that? Why not connect, share, and learn?
And just to keep it simple, why not make the party free?
So I invite you to join me on Tuesday, August 5th at noon EST for a tele-forum discussing the foundations of a very cool life. I have a theory that’s been evolving for several years, and I’d like to share it with interested folks and hear your thoughts. And most of all, I’d like to connect with you.
If you’d like to be a part of this free community call, simply send a blank e-mail here.
(I’ll tape the call if you cannot make it live)
Getting my nephew Kelly started on Cape Cod. Photo by my sister, Nora
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>>> BOOKS <<<
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy. My review in 10 words: Cold. Death. Dark. Starving. Ash. Gray. Cold. Death. So Cold.My friend Chris’ review:”A light-hearted whimsical romp through the hopelessness of post-apocalyptic cannabilism.
- Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. Good summer book. A quick read about an interesting, multi-talented dude.
- Continental Drift by Russell Banks. This is my nightstand book, 10-20 pages a night. This is an earlier work Mr. Banks, one of my favorite writers. Every time I read his work, I learn a little more about the art of writing. A true master.
>>> MOVIES <<<
- The Savages – Story of siblings coming together to care for their father with dementia. Having lived this film, I must say they nailed it. Not an upper of a film, but it will make you feel. Someday, perhaps, I will explore this period of my life with some writing.
- The Wire (Season 3) – Still loving this series. Put it in your queue.
- 12 Angry Men – When I used to teach social psychology at Syracuse, I’d spend the first two classes showing this classic 1957 film as I believed it captured so many of the dynamics we would study later in the semester. Henry Fonda leads an all-star cast. Still holds up.
- Talladega Nights – Caught this on cable. A couple times. i remember when it came out, the movie got mixed reviews, but I found it laugh-out-loud funny. Quotably good.
Me and my nephew, ‘lil Drew capture the beat. Photo by my sister Nora.
>>> RANDOM NEURAL FIRINGS <<<
- Want to see The Dark Knight and Wall-E. Been months since I’ve been in a theater.
- On a related note, I bought a flat screen TV. Baseball in high definition brings me joy.
- I’ve bought 2 music CDs all year (remember those things?). I still think there’s lots of great music out there, but I miss the thrill of getting to know a really great album. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the rock genre — dudes who can really play their instruments, lay down a groove, and write some intelligent lyrics, the new King’s X album XV delivers the goods. A song of good news is here.
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