Are you Fresh?

In Robert Greene’s new book, Mastery he relates a story, that one day, the writer Goethe made a curious discovery while visiting his friend, the German writer Friedrich Schiller. While visiting Schiller’s home, he was told that the writer was not in but would return shortly. Goethe decided to wait for him and he sat down at Schiller’s writing desk. He began to feel faint; his head was slowly spinning. If he moved to the window, the sensation went away. Suddenly, he realized that some kind of nauseating smell was emanating from a drawer of Schiller’s desk. When he opened it, he was shocked to see that it was full of rotten apples, some in extreme states of decay. When Schiller’s wife came into the room, he asked her about the apples and the stench. She told Goethe that she herself filled the drawers with these apples on a regular basis – her husband delighted in the smell and he found he did his most creative work while inhaling the fumes. His point was that sometimes exercising the senses can bring us creativity but I want to apply this illustration in a different way. Sometimes, you got have to stop and cull the rotten apples.
I travel often and I use a durable backpack to carry required materials, laptop, headphones, etc. I noticed recently that my lower back was hurting resulting from a strained muscle that I sustained from that weighty pack. It gave me pause to review the items that accumulated in this thing over time. I had to remove weight that was slowing me down and causing injury.
Are there things in your schedule or in your life that are causing you not to perform? Are they weighing you down? Do they stink? We should make it a habit each year to review tasks, lines of effort or relationships that are not bringing us value or are causing us not to be agile enough in our market. We must create margins in our time in order to be able to stay fresh and vibrant.
Take some time now to review these efforts and create some margin. By doing such we can create the room to add more things that bring us freshness; new fragrances of inspiration.


About sherrellcrow

Christian Coach, Thinker, Catalyst and Creative Consort
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