It's a Daggone Blessing to be Wrong Sometimes.
Hope, being wrong, and coffee
This week I had what felt like a slower week.
I wrote my first longer form essay (~2,000 words) in what felt like a very long time and it felt like a brand new experience. For the past couple months I’ve been trying different forms of writing (writing for myself, short <500 word daily blog posts, etc.) but originally, the long form piece was the only kind of writing I knew. I actually used to really struggle to write anything less than 1,000 words (I don’t know why, I actually have very little to say), but I think this shows my progress as a writer.
I took a couple days off of the daily publishing game to throw together this little number and I’m pretty proud of what it produced. I would be honored if you have it a read :)
It's a daggone blessing to be wrong sometimes…
It's going to hurt. And you're going to want to curl up into a ball and cry after you see what it does to your public image and ego...
But it reminds us to check our systems of belief.
To ask yourself questions that you were previously overlooking. It takes your worldview and shines it under a completely different light. A light that may not be the most generous or encouraging but exposes truth.
I've recently been in a season of life that has been nothing but good to me. I've felt on top of the world (in my own humble sense), but I've realized my success has made me ignorant to any opposing idea that I may be wrong.
If I don't agree, I simply ignore it.
This is all fine and dandy until you find yourself one on one with an opponent. Someone who exposes both you and your ideas...
At this point, you can choose to ignore their opposition and stay blinded to your own lens.
"They're the ones who are in the wrong, not me."
Or you can think about what they have to say. You can recognize the places that you may be wrong and find the magical place of agreement where logic and experience meet.
If you're looking for a quick application to this lesson (and I'm realizing we all are), take a look at your own opposition.
What are the things you don't agree with? The things that make you mad?
When was the last time you felt embarrassed for an idea you had? Was it warranted? Why did you hold that belief in the first place?
I encourage you to take a look at these things from as much of an unbiased perspective as possible. Sometime the world throws opposition at us that is warranted....and sometimes the opposition is to show us that we're wrong.
And it's okay to be wrong.
Last week I wrote about the fine line between work and play and how we need to be willing to explore the previously unattended areas of that line that keep us motivated and inspired.
Whatever it takes to move the bar forward right?
Well, last week I was feeling a little lackluster and dull about all of my creative pursuits. I needed something fun to pull me back into it…
Then I got an idea.
As some of you know, NooWave is a coffee company that sponsors me.
I hadn’t done a piece for them in a while and this idea seemed fun to me. I ditched all my responsibilities and projects last Saturday and churned out this entire project.
It was a blast.
If you’re interested in learning more about NooWave and their coffee here’s a link for 10% off your order (or use code GreenmanDesigns).
I hope you all have a great week and thank you for reading.