Wean Yourself and Create A Masterpiece


This past week I participated in a two-day workshop, led by Jeff de Cagna, that focussed on business models and value-based memberships for associations (yes, it was heady stuff). One of the participants happened to mention 'Orbiting the Giant Hairball' by Gordon MacKenzie. Jeff gave the short book an enthusiastic endorsement, saying he has handed out a hundred copies. Sounded good to me, and so I traipsed around downtown Toronto looking for the book so I could read it on the plan trip home.

I was fascinated to read the opening and closing passages (as well as what came in between) for the coincidental and synchronistic alignment to my previous blog post, Prison Walls of Experience. I thought you might enjoy the passages:

Wean Yourself  (excerpt)

You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer

There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced.

                                             --Rumi _________________________________________

To be fully free to create, we must first find the courage and willingness to let go: Let go of the strategies that have worked for us in the past... Let go of our biases, the foundation of our illusions... Let go of our grievances, the root source of our victimhood... Let go of our so-often-denied fear of being found unlovable.

You will find it is not a one-shot deal, this letting go. You must do it again and again and again.

Now when I say let go, I do not mean reject. Because when you let go of something, it will still be there for you when you need it. But because you have stopped clinging, you will have freed yourself up to tap into other possibilities--possibilities that can help you deal with this world of accelerating change.


You have a masterpiece inside you, too, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be.

And remember:

If you go to your grave

without painting

your masterpiece,

it will not get painted.

No one else can paint it.

Only you.


Excerpts from 'Orbiting the Giant Hairball' found on pages 3, 216, and 224.