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A Different Point of View

Hello Curious Creators!

Have you already learned to write "2022" instead of "2021" everywhere? A new year is often when we summarise our achievements and highlights from the past 12 months. It is also the time to plan for the future (or at least set intentions).

I don't think that a new year has any extraordinary power and that it is the best time to change our habits. The best moment for a change is "now" and not some arbitrary date.

But if this date acts as a trigger to start thinking about your intentions, it makes sense to work on it. If you are interested in a review template, check out last year's issue "Year in Review". Today, I'd like to focus on the future.

Sustainability

During the last two years, I've learned that it is not a problem for me to do a lot to achieve some goals. However, doing too much always comes at a cost. I sacrificed some of the habits I've built during the years to satisfy the deadlines.

The harder I tried to stretch myself, the less productive I was. So the work took much longer than it should. And after I finished everything, I had to recover. You might have noticed the effects of this exhaustion as the nice regular frequency of this newsletter also suffered.

That's why I'm now curious about sustainable creation.

Fortunately, I learned about a framework called Dragon Dreaming (links in the resources below). It comes from an environmentalist background and focuses on bringing our dreams to life through a sustainable community-based effort.

In Dragon Dreaming, we divide each project into four stages: dreaming, planning, doing, and celebrating. The first three are probably obvious. However, it's the fourth one that acts as a secret ingredient.

Celebration

Ask yourself what some of your best creations from the past year (or years) are. Have you celebrated them enough? Or maybe, like me, you just jumped from one project to another without taking some time to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Be grateful, be proud, be happy, be crazy! Regardless of its outcomes, each of your projects is worth celebrating as celebration helps us make the efforts sustainable. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

If you are thinking about some new endeavors, remember to accommodate the time to celebrate them properly. Not only will it help you recharge, but the celebration itself might be an event you'll be looking forward to. And having something to look forward to makes it easier to overcome the obstacles on your way.

Intentions

Instead of new year resolutions or plans, I want to set an intention for the future. I intend to make my work more sustainable by introducing celebration into every project I work on.

And I hope this article will inspire you to find your own pace.

🧠Curious Stuff

Books

Dragon Dreaming” — this is the book that inspired me to change the approach and gave me a new tool to build community projects with. It’s short and easy to read. However it draws a lot from the practices of Australian native tribes so it may feel exotic or even weird to some readers.

Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life — this one is slightly chaotic altough I have to say I liked it. One aspect of the chaos is that it’s a book about both creating communities and finding communities that one can join. All in all, it was interesting to learn how to form better relationships with those around you.

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