“Creativity-Innovation” Book Reflections Week …
Hello blog readers!
We pick up today with chapters 8-14 of the book O My Soul by Tom Peters. When we left off last week we had learned a great deal from our past. We asked ourselves questions about how our past influenced our today and our future and if we believed that we could make a difference with new creations and innovations in our world today as new entrepreneurs.
Chapters 8-14 continue along these lines in some ways. Peters (1991) among multiple other details about his life, discussed the multiple times in his life that he came down with unexpected illnesses and how these illnesses incapacitated him at the time they occurred. Often, he spent days, weeks, and even months recuperating for those unexpected events. Each time he would return home to recover, and while there, to find new strength to continue along his journey. He mentioned specifically that he became worn out and exhausted requiring a time of rest, renewal, re-planning, and emerging again to carry on. During these Chapters Peters (1991) also shares the inspiration of his future venture, Betterway’s group homes, that he would eventually envision and create. We will learn more about these in future weeks.
For this week, I want to focus on the insight that there will be times in our lives that we encounter unexpected illnesses and setbacks. Our health is one of the most important things we can foster. Without our health, we are unable to accomplish much of anything…much less a successful entrepreneurship venture. We could very easily come down with a health crisis or it may be necessary for us to take care of others within our immediate family who may become unexpectedly ill.
We can look at the book for some inspiration on how Peters (1991) was able to recover and continue. He mentioned several things: he returned home to recuperate (a family farm where his family raised their own food-thereby he most likely received great nutrition), he rested his body, spent time in prayer, and he fed his spirit with Spiritual food (often reading his Bible and meditating on God’s Word). He also kept thinking about his future, though he did not know how his future would turn out.
Caregivers, though not ill themselves, often run the risk of caregiver burn out and this is serious business. Caregivers MUST take the time to care for themselves also. I have written several books for caregivers available on Amazon. Here is a link to all six of my books:
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Lastly, this week I want us to remember that the inspiration for the book came only after Peters (2001) was accused of crimes and was on trial for those crimes…we shall continue to see how the story unfolds over the next several weeks… Perhaps the points I mentioned this week are not the most encouraging…speaking of possible negative life events…yet we are all human and face a certain amount of adversity in our lives and in our business ventures. YET, we can press on through the diversity to success. So, no matter where you are in your life, there ARE still great days ahead. You just have to keep pressing on. Press! Press! Press! And when necessary, you must take care of yourself by taking a rest to rejuvenate, rebuild, renew, and relaunch again. You can! You will! Make sure that you do!
Peters, T. (1991). O my soul: The inside story. Elyria, OH: Betterpubpress.