By this time next week, I will have arrived home from an action-packed four days at VO Atlanta, the voiceover industry’s biggest annual conference.
I will have delivered an hour-long talk on the main stage, sat on a panel discussing current trends in the eLearning industry, and led a three-hour workshop on VO business best practices.
Today, however, my brain is on overdrive preparing to do those things, none of which I have ever done before. I’m excited, curious, hopeful and more than a little terrified.
I don’t feel as ready as I’d like to be. But then again, I probably wouldn’t even if I had another two weeks to prepare.
‘Progress not perfection,’ I keep telling myself.
I want to share with you some words from Kahlil Gibran’s passage, ‘On Work,’ that helped to refresh and recalibrate my working mind tonight (and on other such stressful nights of looming deadlines):
“And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead
are standing about you and watching….
“Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”
Make this week magnificent!