I thought, “Why not begin 2011 with a commitment to broadcasting via blog, Internet Radio, et al?” I know that as I approach 50 years of age, there’s a great deal of matters I wish I had known at 18 – and all material that was accessible at that age.
Of course, I’m sure that if I reach 80, I’ll turn my nose up at my so-called ‘wisdom’ of 50 years experience… but one must try!
Thus, my three guiding lights for 2011 are ‘Love’, ‘Kindness’, and ‘Oomph!’
‘Love’ is a great guiding principle – asking oneself, “Is this the loving thing to do?” is a great filter on one’s behaviour. I’m not talking squishy love here… sometimes people, such as bullies, need to be put in their place – but that’s the loving thing to do.
‘Kindness’, for me, is always tangible – something you can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste. It is inseparable from ‘Acts of Kindness’ – one of the reasons I like the Salvation Army’s approach to practical lovingkindness.
‘Oomph!’ is something else. I am distressed by the lack of ‘Customer Service’ in the UK. A lack of ‘spark’. I want to engage with people… in shops, in the street, on the phone – at every contact point. Peter Gabriel said, “I have the touch”… do you?
Oomph! is the drive that lights the match the first time; it’s the confidence that causes your signature to flow; it is the natural style of the artist at home in their own skin and style. It is not hesitant, nor is it apologetic. It is focussed on the results it wants. It is the chilli of life… and by God, the Spice Must Flow!