Are you a waker?

Gosh, I feel like I know what it must have been like on Noah’s Ark. It will not stop raining in Portland! Yes, I have lived here a long time and I am used to it, but usually it rains, then is gloomy the next day, then it rains, you get the picture. These last few weeks it has been raining non-stop, and my iPhone shows rain for the next week straight. I am starting to think that this year the saying should be March showers bring…sun and flip flops in April? For those of you that have sunshine send some my way!

Yesterday I read the book: “Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination” by Hugh MacLeod. It is a quick read, with short, quick chapters and even has cartoons throughout that break it up a bit. I read it all during yesterday’s run, so you will only need about an hour. I definitely recommend it if you are wanting to get out of your current job and you are needing inspiration and a little kick in the butt to do so, OR if you left your job and are breaking out on your own and need a reminder for why you broke free. Hugh starts the book with this idea:

“Sigmund Freud once said that in order to be truly happy in life, a human being needed to acquire two things: the capacity to work, and the capacity to love.” [His premise of an “Evil Plan” is to be able to do both at the same time]. page 2

He also has a cartoon that says: “the best way to get approval is not to need it.” I love that idea. (I apologize I forgot to note the page number). At the very end of the book he has a chapter called: “Are you a Waker?”

“A waker is someone who is very good at waking other people up from their metaphorical slumber, temporary or otherwise. Some people just have the gift. Being around them or their work just makes you feel more alive, more inspired, more motivated, more awake. The best wakers will make you do crazy-ass things, like quit your boring job and start your own business, write that song, move to Thailand, forgive that someone who once hurt you, or finally tell that girl that you love her. A waker reminds you on a constant basis just how alive you really are. Just how much human potential you really have inside of you. And there’s something about their influence that makes you utterly unable to go back to “sleep” ever again, despite your best efforts.”  page 168

I love this idea of being a waker and wanted to share it with you! I want to help others feel more alive and more awake! Just as I want others to help me in that endeavor. What if we all attempted to do that for each other?

You can learn more about Hugh MacLeod on his website/blog.

Happy Friday!  Stay dry or enjoy the sunshine…be a waker this weekend for someone else!

2 thoughts on “Are you a waker?

  1. Hey, you’re a waker! I don’t know how you do it, but your ability to introduce fascinating new books and thought-provoking ideas is masterful. So glad you’re sharing your insights and inspiration in these blog posts. It’s feels like someone is giving me permission to take a little break when I get your posts. Also, it makes me want to stop and think more deeply about random experiences that usually pass by without notice.

    And yes…the rain goes on. I love that I never see anyone using an umbrella in Oregon. We just pull up our hoods and keep going. And we never have to water the plants between October and April. And I love the color of green moss covering every living thing all winter long. Rain’s just part of life. I’m getting used to it. I like the way Oregonians deal with it.


  2. Thank you for the feedback SiouxSioux!! 🙂 I agree regarding rain. I love that so many trees stay green year around. It gives it a fresh feeling all year, even if it is a little gloomy.


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