The Ant and The Grasshopper

November 3, 2005

This past weekend I spoke at the Worldblu event in Washington DC. While there I met so many interesting people. One such person is Alexander Kjerulf from Denmark. His website has some good stuff. He also has an initiative called “Happiness at Work” (that website is in Danish).

Here is something from Alex’s website that is a poetic description of Goal-Free Living. This is from Quitting the Paint Factory, an essay by Mark Slouka, from the November 2004 issue of Harpers Magazine.

When I was young, my parents read me Aesop’s fable of “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” wherein, as everyone knows, the grasshopper spends the sum?mer making music in the sun while the ant toils with his fellow formicidae. Inevitably, winter comes, as winters will, and the grasshopper, who hasn’t planned ahead and who doesn’t know what a 401K is, has run out of luck. When he shows up at the ants’ door, carrying his fiddle, the ant asks him what he was doing all year: “I was singing, if you please,” the grasshopper replies, or something to that effect. “You were singing?” says the ant. “Well, then, go and sing.” And perhaps because I sensed, even then, that fate would someday find me holding a violin or a manuscript at the door of the ants, my antennae frozen and my hills overdue, I confounded both Aesop and my well-meaning parents, and bore away the wrong moral. That summer, many a wind?blown grasshopper was saved from the pond, and many an anthill inundat?ed under the golden rain of my pee.

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Gaol-Free Living?

November 1, 2005

In a recent goalfree.com survey, 1 in 7 Americans said that they either broke the law or did something immoral to help them achieve their goals. And that is only those that ADMIT to doing it. I find it interesting that the old English spelling for “jail” is “gaol” (pronounced the same as the American variant). Maybe my next book should be Gaol-Free Living. Martha Stewart might have benefited from that book!

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