Time for Reflection and Exploration

Time for Reflection and Exploration

Hello all,

July and August are summer months up here in Canada and for me a time to slow down to reflect. Here are five things I am currently exploring:

A comedy that redefines comedy.

This week I saw Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special called ‘Nanette.’ The movie is part stand-up comedy, part personal story and part proclamation. She tells her story of being a gender non-confirming lesbian growing up in Tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast. Mid-way through however she breaks with stand-up comedy convention, and shifts to a more intimate and personal form of storytelling, where she tells her whole story. It’s an unforgettable, heart-wrenching performance and testimony. If you have access to Netflix you can watch it there. I promise it will change you.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Follow Hannah on Twitter.

A book.

I just finished the book “Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home,” a memoir by Sisonke Msimang that tells the story of her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood, college years in North America and return to South Africa in the 1990s. It is an autobiographical story that is both brutally honest and elegantly nuanced. This woman knows how to write. I should note that I am proud to say Sisonke and I did some work together a few years ago. She is certainly worth following, including her political commentary.



Follow Sisonke on Twitter.


A poem.

This Rumi poem continues to inspire me. I have known it for years, but I keep circling back to it, each time discovering something new. For me this poem reflects on our absolute oneness.

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”

A decision.

My last car? My partner feels strongly that the 10-year old car we currently drive should be the last one we’ll ever own. The future of mobility is connected, shared, autonomous (self-driving) and electric and she is excited to join that future. I seem to need a little more time to get excited. I do love the freedom of owning a car but know I need to change. We all do. Stay tuned.

A bumblebee.

We have lots of bumblebees in our garden. They ‘bumble’ going about their day. For the longest time scientists could not figure out how their wings could generate enough force to keep their short and stubby bodies in the air. In the meantime they were happily flying around, pursuing their busy lives. I love this story as a metaphor for all we either don’t understand or just don’t have language for. It just is.

Happy exploring!

Ellen

PS: Please let me know what you are exploring by tweeting to @ellensprenger and adding #4exploration