One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.
How can we make good in our lives, communities and work? Maybe the answer lies in Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard’s important thoughts on writing- words that can be applied to just about anything but especially our creative lives. Most of us struggle with abundance and scarcity in some form-worrying that we are, have, and do enough, so we hold back our very best goodness. Imagine if we stopped worrying and just spent it all on each other and ourselves freely, trusting that something better will always take the place of what we give away?
Are we saving goodness for later that we could be spending now? How can we stop holding onto the good stuff & trust that if we give freely and abundantly there will always be enough? Where can we work together to make goodness happen?
What is one of the things you know about making?
“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace.”
Last week at #OMHG we talked about why goodness matters and takes effort. We also explored how master makers like Christina of Bamboletta are leaders in a quiet movement of incorporating goodness on every level of their work-from sewing each stitch with love to crafting a community. This week we’re asking: how can we give good with gratitude like Kenna who is giving away her ideas + her business? How can we give more but in a way that we can measure and doesn’t leave us needing to hide under rocks like Sarah.
In this post on expertise vs. mastery Ken Coleman asks Dan Pink about why the true craftsman/woman or master is so rare when everyone seems to be an expert. The answer?
“True mastery is really, really hard. I think that’s one reason why few people achieve it. It requires enormous amounts of work and persistence. It requires time. It requires grit. It requires effort. It requires setbacks.
And many of us aren’t willing to accept that deal. We want to achieve mastery without pain. And that’s not possible.”
What if we all approached goodness like a craft to be mastered? Can we give until it hurts with thought and intention in ways that have tangible impact but leave us intact? How can we give good?
Our weekly questions are based on our monthly themes & guide the #OMHG chats every Thursday from 1-2pm EST. This month we’re becoming teachers at the Academy of Goodness-gather up here in the comments of this post, at our chat, or in our members community to connect and discuss this week’s question!
What do you define goodness as?
Why does goodness matter to you, your community, and our world?
How can we cultivate goodness in our every day lives?
Who inspires you to think, do, and be good?
Dictionaries define goodness as “the quality or state of being good” from the Old English godnes meaning “goodness, virtue, kindliness”. The idea of goodness is in many Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian teachings and been passed on by modern leaders like Ghandi, Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama. But what exactly is goodness anyway and what does it mean to be good?
Gather up here in the comments of this post, at our #OMHG chat, or in our member community to share your answers to this week’s question and find out why goodness matters to each of us.
Our weekly questions are based on our themes & kick off our #OMHG chats (this month we’re becoming teachers at the Academy of Goodness) every Thursday from 1-2pm EST. Connect to talk about our question of the week, learn from each other and swap knowledge. Want more? Stop by our chats to visit us in real time, submit to our theme, or join our members community!