I love that I love these books. They are pretty accurate representations of what’s going on in my brain these days: living an authentic life & understanding how our brains work as consumers/producers. On the outside, and according to their respective genres, these books don’t have much in common. But after immersing myself in them simultaneously in the last few days I can easily see the same thread of genuine human interaction in both books.
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequest has taught me that sharing life around a table isn’t about having the most well crafted meal or the perfectly styled table. I laughed aloud when Shauna suggested that people who aren’t used to serving meals to others should start as simple as a take-out pizza, a bag of salad and a bottle of wine. Then as you begin to become more comfortable, stretch yourself by adding one homemade element at at time. Okay, that totally sounds doable.
The more time I spend with my people, listen to what Shauna has to say about community around a table, and recall my favorite memories [89% of the occurred in someone’s house around a table], it’s clear that I need and crave and want a life around the table just as much as I need and crave and want time alone to recharge.
I’m not going to say that I’ve got this whole thing figured out. It’s going to be a one-step at at time process, but one that like running or knitting or whatever I’ve started doing, I have this feeling in my gut that it’s going to captivate me.
All Marketers Are Liars [Storytellers] by Seth Godin has captivated me. The more I understand why we make the decisions we do as consumers and can identify how the stories we're told become apart of us, the more passionate I become about being a part of this story telling world we live in.
Seth doesn't throw jumbled jargon at his readers but shows them with great thought examples of how companies/non-profits/churches/people have succeeded in telling great stories and explains very simply how our brains work when it comes to believing these stories.
I cannot go throughout my day now without identifying the stories I have been told and have chosen to believe. As a teacher and future business owner and a human, it's easy to see that we have a great responsibility to tell authentic stories. Stories confirm our world-view, encourage us to action, and connect us with those around us. They are insanely powerful.