Micah February 4th

750 Words on Real Connections

Last week(ish), my friend Michael Galpert [twitter] turned me on to a site called 750words. A super simple site, where you literally get a blinking cursor and a word counter.

The idea, as Buster Benson [twitter], the creator lays out:

I’ve long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist’s Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.

I’ve used the exercise as a great way to think out loud without having to worry about half-formed ideas, random tangents, private stuff, and all the other things in our heads that we often filter out before ever voicing them or writing about them. It’s a daily brain dump. Over time, I’ve found that it’s also very helpful as a tool to get thoughts going that have become stuck, or to help get to the bottom of a rotten mood.

At first, I thought what a great idea. My friend Niel Robertson [twitter] reads every morning for an hour. Other friends are great at doing small things to get them going each morning. Me? I wake up, walk into my home office and start working. At some point, I feed the dogs and cats, and then take a shower and head into the office. Then at about 8pm, I head home. I feed the dogs and cats, and then walk into my home office. At like 2am, I go to sleep. Thats my life. Oh! And sometimes, I do it in other cities (but I leave the feeding of the dogs and cats to someone else).

I need to find a way to break that cycle. To do something in the am, that is for me, but also gets my brain cranking in the right direction. Buster’s 750 word idea was great. But, 750words.com is private. Im not a private person. Instead, I am going to try and write a blog post each morning. Will they all be interesting? Hell no. Will they all be personal? Um, hell no. Will they all be professional? Um, seriously, hell no.

What they will be is just whatever I am thinking about that morning.

Like this morning, I was thinking back over my last few days here in New York. I spent time thinking about all the people I have spent real time with. Not at a bar, or during a loud party, but real time with. Folks like George G Smith, Jr. [twitter] (owner of the worlds longest twitter name). We never spent much time together in Boulder, but that dude is awesome. He is extremely thoughtful, and I think, in someways forgets to put himself first. I got to have lunch with Saul Colt [twitter]. Who each time I spend time with, I end up loving more. Saul is really the type of person I want to be. He taught me that the first question you should ask is “How can I help?” and mean it.

Last night, I got to spend time with Emily Cavalier [twitter], who is made for New York. Her energy is infectious and happy (with a little crazy), but definitely positive. I got to catch up with the Ignighter guys (Adam, Dan and Kevin), who each time I get to NYC I try and say hello. Its awesome to watch their maturation from the first time we sat down at Japango in Boulder in 2008. You can see in their eyes the confidence of finally understanding a direction.

My New York Name Brother, Micah Spear [twitter] is so full of excitement and energy, he took me from exhaustion to bouncy in about a, well, New York Minute. Probably one of the highlights of my trip.

I had a wonderful dinner with Jessica Randazza [twitter], someone I consider not just a friend, but a great friend. Her concern and courage to move from Seattle to New York, and take on a big job at a big agency is inspiring. Risk taking is something that I pride myself on. Its the best quality in a person who has big dreams.

I suppose, as sappy as it sounds, what I am learning in this Year of People is that its not just time, but connection. Real connections, which are formed by each person giving just a little of themselves in return for a lot.

Pretty sure, I am going to like 2010.

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  • I'm STILL thinking of the great times we squeezed into your visit. You introduced me to even more great people at Naveen's bday party, and we had so much fun talking about some of your stories and DANCING (oh, yes you did).

    Come back soon.