Although I write a lot of Moodnudges posts (four a week) and often talk about my experiences, I’m aware I don’t write much about the other stuff that’s going on in my life.
Because of this, it would be easy to imagine I spend all day observing things in order to write Moodnudges posts, whereas in fact there’s plenty more happening.
Like this new Moodnudges video for instance:
Part of this reluctance to open up more is that as a kid I was brought up to believe that talking about yourself was selfish, and that in conversation you should therefore listen much more than you should speak.
Although the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak”, I think I started out in life believing the ratio should be more like 20:1 rather than 2:1.
As I grew up, though, I started to see that a good conversation should be like a good dance.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with simply watching someone else dance, but people get the most from it when they dance together as partners.
I think the same goes for conversations.
My Moodnudges posts may, of course, seem like a one-way street. They could feel like monologues.
But I hope they don’t.
I write with the goal of creating a conversation with you in your mind. I want my words to spark your own thoughts, so you feel engaged rather than just a passive reader.
Today, though, and just occasionally in the future, I want to give you a small glimpse of what’s happening in my part of the world outside the Moodnudges blog.
For the last two months I’ve been excitedly working on a brand new book which will see the light of day later this year.
It’s a self-help workbook with a difference, and a few people who’ve already tried an early prototype found it worked for them. Always good.
More on the book soon.
But the other thing I quickly want to mention is that on a recent trip that Alex and I took up to Toronto, I recorded a short video that explains how Moodnudges works, and how the free four-times-a-week emails can help anyone whose mood needs lifting.
Please check it out and – very important – share it with someone who might also like to hear from me.
It should help them, and it will also help me in my mission to reach out to as many people as possible.
Thanks for allowing me to talk a little more personally today.
It means a lot.