Monday, June 27, 2011

Who's on your team?

Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.
~ Ryunosuke Satoro

I live a fairly solitary life. I play the piano solo; I sit alone in my studio creating jewelry for my Etsy store; it's just my laptop and me revising my novel and blogging every day. But there comes a point when other people are necessary in order for my work to come to fruition: my music needs an audience; my Etsy store needs customers; my writing needs readers.

Not only that, human beings are social creatures, so I do what I can to find companionship along the way. I have made a career of sharing my love of the piano with my students; I have learned many jewelry making techniques - and met some really nice people - in classes at local bead shops; I have made lifetime friends through writing groups such as Georgia Romance Writers.

And sometimes I feel a yearning to do something bigger than myself. I want to find a way for children everywhere to have exposure to classical music and the opportunity to learn to play a musical interest. I want to learn more about charitable organizations like Bead For Life and make a real difference in the daily lives of women overseas. I want to be transparent and authentic in my writing, sharing my struggles and my sorrows as well as my joys and successes, hoping that others will read about my experiences and find the courage to pursue their own dreams, however far-fetched and impossible they might seem.

One woman who inspires me as I follow my path is Danielle LaPorte; I just started working my way through her Firestarter Sessions. I am sure I will have a lot more to say about that once I am a little deeper into the program, but one of the books she recommends is Seth Godin's Tribes. I haven't read the book yet, but I did catch Mr. Godin's TED talk on the tribes we lead. If you haven't seen it and have eighteen minutes to watch it, I recommend it. Otherwise, scroll on down to the end.

Who's on your team? Is there a cause you believe in but don't support because you don't think one person can make a difference? Well, one person can start a revolution.

Be the change you want to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Author: Pam Asberry

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Lindy Chaffin Start said...

There's nothing like a tribe to raise a writer. :-) Pam, you are one person who has made all the difference in the world to me. I'm not a cause, but I'm one woman who is thankful to have you on her team. Smooches. - Lindy

Pam Asberry said...

Aw, thanks, Lindy . I feel exactly the same way about you!

Uncle MythMan J said...

Awesome video! My movement is (I guess) 'connecting people to Christ'---by helping people realize the way they're 'living out' their names in the patterns of the names of Christ.

Julee J. Adams said...

Go team Li.P.P.!

"Nothing ever is, but all things are becoming...All things are the offspring of flux and motion." Socrates

Pam Asberry said...

I know many people who share in your "movement," Uncle Myth Man. Thank you for stopping by!

Pam Asberry said...

So true, Julee! I'm going to add that to my collection of quotes. Hope you have a great week!

Tami Brothers said...

Great concept, Pam. I heard this somewhere before and had not thought to hard about it. Hearing it again makes a person stop and think. I have a few people in my tribe (love Maxine!) from the writer world and a few from my personal life. I'm pretty lucky in that regard.

Have a great week!


Pam Asberry said...

Yes, Tami, this is pretty powerful stuff. I am lucky to have some great people in my tribe, too. I like to think that you are in my tribe. :-) Hope you have a great week, too!

pat said...

You're in my tribe, Pam!

Pam Asberry said...

And you are in mine, Pat! :-)