One of the most interesting parts of working in cafés is the opportunity to overhear conversations. This afternoon, the background “music” for my pot of eggnog chai (total yum!) was a Portlander who was fretting over how badly his “chi” was affecting his ability to grow his business. If he could just get his chi in line (I’m picturing a whip with a barbed end) all would be well.
The guy across the table from Portlander #1 must have been a life/work coach. As Portlander #1 bemoaned his pitiful chi and complained about everyone he’d ever worked with, Portlander #2 kept trying to redirect him to the need to shift his thinking so that his business could grow. You see, Portlander #2 (and me, and everyone else within earshot) could have easily told Portlander #1 that his chi was suffering from cause-and-effect (or to keep the Eastern vibe: the law of karma). Cause: act superior to others. Effect: they won’t want to work with you. Effect: your business shrinks rather than growing. Cause: spend lots of time worrying about your chi. Effect: you put less time into your work. Effect: your business doesn’t grow.
Stinky Chi Man (not to be confused with Jon Scieszka’s wonderful book, The Stinky Cheese Man) isn’t the only one who finds it hard to smell the cause affecting his own chi. Chi is, after all, energy. Life energy. It is affected by every choice we make. Choose to whine away your time? Stinky chi, man! Choose to create hysterically funny stories that kids love? Scieszka knows how success smells. Not too stinky!
Today, put some of your life’s energy toward writing. And to balance out what the Stinky Chi Man was spewing, consider writing something funny. (Should you need an incentive, keep in mind that almost all editors are actively searching for humor all of the time . . . and they almost never get it.)