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Underbelly: 10 Things - Ittekimasu

Underbelly: 10 Things - Ittekimasu
By Wendy Kelly • Issue #5 • View online
#72 in a series of wild and precious things to remind you to go and come back.

  1. TWIL (This Week I Learned)
This week I learned about choosing life. I wrote a quick blog post on a project I decided to start called Explicit Christian and I soon realized that the post was not so much my stance on abortion but my stance on Life.
Life is a choice.
I’m so pro life this morning my body aches. (If you want to read my stance on abortion, click that link :) )
Pro my life, pro your life, pro everyone who has made the choice to stick around on this journey. Pro holding my hand out for those that need a hand. Pro waiting patiently for the one who needs patiently waiting.
When you leave your home in Japan, you say “ittekimasu”. You’re telling the people in the house that your are leaving — and coming back.
Sometimes we need a breather. We need to pause. We need to take a break from people, from hectic-ness, from our work. We go — into the woods, on a vacation, to a beach, into slight oblivion, to a spa.
And then we come back.
2. Quote
Don’t quit your show — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
“You can’t count on success; you can only leave open the possibility for it, and be ready to jump on and take the ride when it comes for you.” — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
3. Prompt
I’m re-reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work this week. I forgot what a great life manual it is. The whole book is one long quest, actually —
So here you go: “Become a documentarian of what you do”
From an underbelly point of view (and one I think is clearly in Show Your Work) try this: write down what you do. For one day. As you do it.
I’m not sure if you have ever heard of this technique for other areas of your life. It’s pretty common when trying to suss out food allergies. We often eat mindlessly. Writing down everything you eat for a few days often leads to a few surprises.
Writing down what you do for even one day can clue you in to an awareness, a mindfulness, if you will, of what you actually do. Not what you think you do, what you wish you did, but what you do.
4. Quest
Again, from Austin: “Share something small every day”
Try this. Try to make what you do each day something that is worth sharing with someone else. Each day. Something small.
5. Level-UP / Go Deeper
Consider that. Consider what you have chosen to share.
6. Video:
Ricky Gervais Write About Things You Know
Ricky Gervais Write About Things You Know
7. Project:
Explicit Christian
8. Poem:
Choose Life by André Breton - Poems | Academy of American Poets
9. Hero:
At first when I realized that the kids’ dads are pretty well-connected I was put off. Then I thought about it again, and I realized that no…no. This is lovely. This is life. These are two families in the world whose dads broke free and did something creative with their lives, were successful, and now are empowering their daughters to also use their voices, be creative, and share.
The Linda Lindas, by The Linda Lindas
10. Connect:
Let's Start Something.
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