Attitude, hope, activism, and transformation have been key threads in my blog posts over the past few weeks.
I originally thought I would blog mostly about books, authors, and the literary life. I find that while my interest in books and authors remains high and will remain high, I am also very interested in transformation on a personal, societal, and global scale.
So, “Andrew Shattuck McBride Blogs” is becoming more of a blog about books and transformation.
If I publish a post on some aspect of positive transformation, I am likely to include a book or two in my discussion. For example, when I posted some thoughts on “Work and Love”
I concluded with a discussion of Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, by Vicki Robin and Joe Domnguez with Monique Tilford (2008, revised).
Transformation continues to be on my mind.
We are creating our personal and collective future daily. Many (if not most) of us are creating our personal futures passively. Perhaps many of us feel that we cannot impact the future, and that it will be whatever it will be.
I assure you that this is not the case. We are impacting and creating the future daily – in our daily choices and daily actions. As elements of the past are always with us, elements of the future are taking shape around us – even as we go about our daily lives.
Dave Ellis, in his marvelous book Creating Your Future: Five Steps to the Life of Your Dreams (1998) argues that we can plan and create our future proactively. He urges each of us to take responsibility for bringing our dreams for our future to life proactively through a five step program: “commit, create, construct, carry out, and celebrate.”
Dave Ellis wrote primarily about personal transformation and creating personal futures. The usefulness of his book goes far beyond that!
In his back cover blurb, Paul Hawken (author of The Next Economy, The Ecology of Commerce, and Growing a Business), wrote “… If you change the title pronoun from ‘your’ to ‘our’, the book is a means to transform every institution in the world.”
What is the vehicle for transforming every institution in the world? I believe that it is nonviolent activism. Additionally, it is planning that transformation and bringing it into being.
Creating Your Future is an extraordinary – and transformational – read. Please read it and act on the five steps. (Hint: stock up on index cards!). This book has my highest recommendation.