here’s what went down + what we learn from it alL
july 3 | my birthday … i turned 40 this year
july 6 | Monster let me go
july 6 | my first game a golf ever … seriously
july 7 | i start networking like a mnthafncka
july 14 | some amazing friends from Monster give me a send-off party
july 27 | we golf again … my second time golfing ever … no really!
july 30 | Carol, Lexi, Maceo + i go to Storyland for the day
july 30 | Strange voicemail from a good friend
july 31 | Jelly@Betahouse
july 31 | Return call to a good friend | Send a thread with some words of encouragement and inspiration to the old team
july 31 | Call my friend to make sure everything is now resolved, and you know what? It is! My words of advice, encouragement and inspiration in response seem to really stop the nonsense … Cool
august 3 | I start up work at a brand new company called Dimdim
august 19 | Boston Harbor Odyssey Cruise with Dimdim … such a friendly new culture, and a great way for my family to meet the team and the larger family at Dimdim
august 19 | i get an interesting email from a ‘famous’ brand with a document to read, but don’t even know it yet
august 20 | i see the email and read the attached PDF document
august 20 | i begin to ask friends, colleagues, enemies + strangers for advice about this interesting correspondence and the attached document
august 20 | i make a decision that i think is truly smart, unique + innovative … truly ‘lou suSi’ … good to be back on my game now, ain’t it?
august 20 | start to brainstorm on concepts for my new webinar series
august 20 | i ponder whether this entire episode could become part of my graduate thesis research + writing for my MFA … hmmmMMmmMMmmm? yeah, it could
august 21 | i continue to ask people for advice about this horrible situation … not so sure who it is more horrible for though, ya know?
august 22 | still need to get as much advice as possible
august 23 | more advice please, thanks
august 24 | just a little more advice, thanks … and now …
august 24 | i write + send a 6 page letter of response with an attached thread of correspondence that seemed to cause some dismay earlier on in this very vague chronology of retardedness
august 24 | i call the company to get confirmation that my letter, my requested response was received
august 24 | The company gets back to me, round 2 … done!
So, 1 thing I learned … don’t worry about this stuff. Crazy distractions in life happen all the time. And its not your fault, not due to your relative ‘goodness’ or ‘badness’ in the world
Another thing … collect artifacts. Yep! Take screenshots of every interaction, collect all documentation, build your story ( while some are building a case, others start to have an interesting story to tell, right? ) … its fun, easy and free! So, why not take advantage of living each moment in life as it happens?
And another thing … use the potentially annoying events that come your way as a means to be more creative and expressive. This is inspiring activity. You learn more + more about the world and the ‘famous’ brands we choose to use or not use. If you are asked to do something, by all means try to accomodate that request. Its the decent thing to do. But remember, try to push it a bit further. Be extra accomodating. Give them all they hoped and wished for … but give ’em that extra mile, the whole ten yards, really give it them!
And 1 last note my friend and frenemies … have fun! Just be playful. You only live once. Sure, the human lifespan is now at least 3 times as long as it would be without chemicals, tools, weapons and ‘civilized’ society as we know it ( not sure we love it though, right? BC would have asked us all, ‘Define civilized’ ). We’re lucky. We’re alive. We win! And we have fun doing it! THAT’s what I’m fnckin’ talking about!
Do it for love
Do it for fun
Do it for what you know in your heart, mind, body and soul is the right thing to do
And remember, a little karma goes a long way … send some karma t’day ;]