Mardi 19 Mars in The Element
Yesterday Sue said the ice cream boxes look like
Pans of watercolor. It must be why I love ice cream so much - a well known essential element to joie de vivre.
Today I got my 3-month Paris swim pass.
Water is an element I can't live without (well who can?).
Certainly the chefs at the Omnivore Festival are IN their element, painting creatively with flavors and mysterious syrups.
Ken Robinson in The Element says:
The Element is the meeting point between natural aptitude and personal passion. When people are in their Element, they connect with something fundamental to their sense of identity, purpose, and well-being. Being there provides a sense of self-revelation, of defining who they really are and what they’re really meant to be doing with their lives. This is why many of the people in the book describe finding their Element as an epiphany.
How do we find the Element in ourselves and in others? There isn’t a rigid formula. The Element is different for everyone.
Funnily enough it wasn't even my idea. Max Rivers said I should move to Paris well over a year ago and I laughed at him.
Often we need other people to help us recognize our real talents. Often we can help other people to discover theirs.
I finally rationalized to myself that I would be saving hugely on all the airfare I was throwing at AirFrance.
|Many people set aside their passions to pursue things they don't care about for the sake of financial security.|
Paris is so where I belong.
...in this book people have identified the sweet spot for themselves. They have discovered their Element - the place where the things you love to do and the things you are good at come together.
We need to make sure that all people have the chance to do what they should be doing, to discover the Element in themselves and in their own way.
I know this post is all over the map and I've just put a toe into The Element but it touches so many chords I wanted to share it with you. You can read a sample on Amazon. Enjoy!