Goodbye Old Mug!
Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. I finished reading this book a few weeks ago and thought it was a real gem. Chris writes as both a sage and an adventurer. He defines what a quest is and why it is important and then tells dozens of stories about people who set out on their own quests. These stories were my favorite parts of the book: Chris’s own quest to visit every single country on earth; a bird watcher who was diagnosed with a terminal illness; Mad Dog, the marathoner who has run 300 marathons; and a mom who made meals from every country to give her family a taste of different cultures.
One of my favorite chapters in the book involves the deliberate act of household destruction:
“Go to the kitchen and grab a mug you don’t like. Mug in hand, go to a place in your house with a hard floor. Hold the mug in front of you, in your outstretched hand. Say good-bye to it. Now, drop the mug. Whatever rationalization you’re using right now is a weak spot for you. Flag it. You’ll see it again and again. Drop the damn cup. Did you do it? If so, you’ll notice one thing: breaking your programming requires a single moment of strength.” (Chris Guillebeau)
Intrigued, I grabbed an old mug, said goodbye, and sent it crashing to its demise.
Now, it’s your turn. Everyone has a mug he or she can live without.
“Can’t I just imagination myself dropping the mug?” you say. No! Drop the damn mug, and ask yourself how often you just imagination doing something as opposed to doing it.
“What about the mess? Someone could cut themselves!” you exclaim. Remember, the thoughts you have about dropping the mug are probably the same thoughts that keep you from your own quest, be that taking a different route to the grocery store or riding 1000 miles on a unicycle.
Drop the dam mug. Go ahead, I’ll wait. If you care to share your observations, I’ll share mine. I will say, the experiment was worth one old coffee mug and a little clean up time.
Odd Loves Company,
P.S. Odd has been down off and on due to my need to redirect my DNS. Which is what the support e-mail that I was sent said… Oh. Well.mmmm…. This took some investigative work on my part….but it appears that it is now redirected and all is well. I hope so.