Saturday, January 21, 2012

Meandering in new directions

The first two posts of 2012 were quite different, weren’t they? One was a “word doodle” about the possible unintended consequences of a unisex definition of “actor,” and the other was practical, specific writing advice.

You may see more of the latter this year. I plan to become more of a wisdom broker as I tell stories about how we can act to bring more happiness, satisfaction, and thought to our daily lives. After all, as I wrote in the very first post, I don’t just want to bleat out rants of insignificance.

What is a wisdom broker? A wisdom broker is different from a teacher or a guru. A teacher will show you how to do practical things, such as assemble a shoe or figure out what x means. A guru – in the Western world – gives wisdom but demands loyalty above and beyond his due (yes, this type of guru is almost always a “he”).

The wisdom broker shows you how to love life, but never pretends to stand above you. The wisdom broker shows you the way not just to a better life, but to a happier life. You feel joy after encountering a wisdom broker (whether in person or through a book or recording), not guilt or inadequacy. You come out knowing that yes, you can do it too.

I admire the wisdom brokers – visit this link, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, for starters.

Why shouldn’t I be one, too?

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