Let me tell you something embarrassing. Though I was thrilled to hear that Patti Smith is releasing a new book of her thoughts and stories in the fall, I also thought "She's said it all and so well! There is no room for my thoughts and stories". How impertinent! I begin with admiration for this beautiful human and her wonderful writing talent, but this feeling gets sloshed around with my insecurity, and over-estimation of myself producing a self-paralyzing cocktail of doubt. I chose Patti to sketch out this mind shake for you because I also want you to be on the lookout for her book, but I have often mixed up this mental sludge with less talented folks than Ms. Smith.
Do you do this? Is it a habit? If so, let's get into the habit of quitting this kind of thinking.
You've got it, kid. I know that is a blind thing to say not knowing who might read this, but I believe you are needed because you made the cut. You are here, on this planet. A lot of tiny beginnings of humans did not make it here and many of the ones who did are no longer with us. Will you give what you can of yourself to the rest of us?
In one of my new songs (soon to be recorded) I wrote "You don't have to make a living if you're alive". I know taking exception to this old expression "making a living" is almost un-American, but the old American dream is full of holes. What do you love? How do you want to live, apart from what they are trying to sell us every hour of the day?
I just read that Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments in Seattle, cut his salary from $1,000,000 to $70,000 so that he could give his 70 employees raises. His dream doesn't seem to be about hoarding money. He wants to help stop the growing income equality. This is so inspiring to me. It makes me think there is a lot we can do to fill in the holes of the American dream with idealism instead of materialism..... But, more importantly, what do you think?