A year ago today……..

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It was a year ago today that I first put fingers to keypad and started to write this blog.  So much has happened since then it seems like two years rather than just one. Then I was interested, now I am connected.

Being connected means that I am always learning and consequently, I seem to be so much busier. There is just so much to do, but all of it is interesting and I don’t want to stop. But I do need to take stock. I was reading Garr Reynold’s blog today and once again found the aura of calm that encapsulates his writing. You do need to visit Presentation Zen and be swept away by the ideas that Garr presents. I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with him on this 12 month journey. He is a man with much to offer.  

Garr’s blog post from January 10th talks of the lessons he has learnt from Jazz and Zen. Lessons he has been able to apply to life. I can relate and intend to refer to this list often in the coming year. Maybe you can too.

Twenty-one things I’ve learned from jazz and Zen
  1. In structure there is freedom and spontaneity.
  2. Restraints and limitations can be great liberators.
  3. Don’t ever force it; be ever natural.
  4. Good intentions are key. Sincerity is king, and yet…
  5. It’s not about you.
  6. Listen more than speak.
  7. Speak only when you have something to say, and then in the most economic way possible. 
  8. Your approach can be direct and subtle at the same time.
  9. Fear is natural (and human), but work through it and past it. Don’t let fear hold you back.
  10. Mistakes are part of it (do not worrying about them).
  11. Embrace the power of now, this moment.
  12. Technique matters, but it’s not the most important element.
  13. Make no pretenses; put up no facades. 
  14. Laugh, smile if you feel like it — why not?
  15. Share yourself with others; make a contribution.
  16. Simplicity is supremely beautiful, yet difficult to obtain.
  17. Emptiness and silence are powerful elements of expression.
  18. Remove the clutter, strive for absolute clarity.
  19. If you think you have mastered it, you’ve have already begun your descent.
  20. Always be learning. Always be learning. Always be learning.
  21. Curiosity is your greatest gift, nurture it (in yourself and in others)
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6 Replies to “A year ago today……..”

  1. Congratulations Jenny and thanks for all the great ideas, resources and inspiration you have shared with us this year through your wonderful blog. Keep up the great work in 2009.
    ps.I do like Garr’s list and will try to apply as many as possible to my life this year.

  2. Thanks Sue, Marie, Susanne and Mark for leaving those kind words. It’s the support of people like you who make this all worthwhile. I’ll have to send you some virtual cake Sue. Not as tasty!!

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