TO FLINCH OR NOT TO FLINCH
Once in a while I have an experience that completely changes my outlook on life. An instance of orchestrated ah-ha moments that together, change the way I conduct my day-to-day. A moment that allows me to shed old habits and move forward with a new and improved state of mind.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Antic, arguably NYC’s largest and most festive street fair. I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life where I’ve talked with so many people about the work I produce. Young and old, rich and poor, near and far. This small stretch of 10 blocks on Atlantic Avenue felt like I had a table along a path of converging cultures – and it was amazing.
My takeaway is that I’m too timid. Too scared to talk
freely boldly about the things that matter most. Too afraid that my shoddy articulation of these things will add to false narratives in the minds of my listeners. But I learned something that day. I learned that if I made an effort to speak instead of staying silent – outcomes exceed expectations. For a shy guy like me this is like living in the dream where you show up to a huge event without clothes – but instead of being embarrassed, I was emboldened. Why? I tried. Just the simple act of trying gave me beautiful, encouraging, instructive comments and conversations that have altered my outlook forever. Really.
So the next time you’re in a moment of fear, don’t flinch. It could turn out to be the greatest thing of all.
Thanks so much for those of you who came out. I’m grateful for my friends.