It is hard saying “no” to work. In almost any form of our existence we are involved in some sort of “work”.
Whether that is raising children,
or dragging oneself from one To-Do to the next in the office.
Some of us chose to retreat to a more minimalist, more rustic experience. Courageously we retire to a sabbatical or join a new-age philosophy meditation retreat. But still then, we are working on ourselves, we get up early to dedicate us towards emptying our mind or… we’re just chopping wood.
Being absent means to be elsewhere.
But where are we when we are absent?
Are we really in our most beautiful, most sublime… orgasmic fantasy of a fulfilled work life?
Are we really dreaming of big impact? Of using our loves, passions, unique talents and our zest to learn to build something that was better than our current reality offers us? Are we REALLY dreaming of solving the problems of the world? Of making the lives of others more enjoyable, allow them to make more of their limited time or alleviate their pain? Of maybe attracting possibilities to change the course of history by attracting money as an energy to build something that possibly outlives us?
What an adventure: To give it a try and be a better boss than what we have experienced so far.
What values would we stand for?
What culture would we build?
What people would we attract?
Would we be generous? Competitive? Micromanaging? Laissez-faire?
Can we build a culture that others call their home? Something more abundant? More life-giving?
What an adventure: To give it a try and build a product that inspires, that is smarter, cleaner or safer than what others could think of.
What if you understood you could change devices, experiences and systems?
What if you understood that you could teach yourself everything and be a pioneer of a new movement?
What if you learned to build teams that are more than the sums of their parts. Out of which emerge things you had never foreseen?
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. (Victor Hugo)
And nothing is more fulfilling than witnessing how that idea is born to life through your own hands. That’s when you overcome the illusion that your creativity has boundaries. (The Arc)
But when absent at work we RARELY HAVE SUCH VISIONARY CONSIDERATIONS.
Instead we sever the connections to what could be.
We resort to fantasies far less noble than the above.
We dream of better bodies, more liberated sex and cleaner air.
Of sandy beaches and cabins with palm thatched roofs.
A life far simpler than that in our duplex apartments, airconned offices and take-away lunch delis.
With so much time to be absent, why do we dream of relief?
With such a drive to live up to others’ expectations and so many skills, why do we dream so small?
And if our dreams are so small: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU STARTED TO GO FOR IMPACT THAT IS VISIONARY?
We love you.
We really do.
And The Arc Community is here to support you to build something in your (work) life that inspires yourself and others.
We organise Bootcamps, coachings, we build a community that kicks ass and catches you when you fall.
Curious? Sign up for a free coaching session to see
a) what it is you wanna be an inspiration for and
b) if/how we can support you