Moving forward is the motto for the week, for the Labor Party in the Australian election. One ex-Prime Minister thinks it's a great slogan. I do too. It has time on its side; time only moves in one direction - forwards. So there is an air of inevitability about it, even wisdom. It's a bit like the king in Antoine de Saint-Exupery's book, The Little Prince, who is very careful to order the sun to go down only when the time is coming up to sunset.
But not a word does the slogan suggest about how one should move forward. One can move forward by trampling, plodding, dancing or walking sensibly. One can even move in the wrong direction - any movement at all tends to be "forward". So until I hear something about the particular way in which we should "move forward", I'm inclined to think of the slogan as so much tepid air.
So, how have I moved forward this week? The Ten Thousand Things is now for sale on the Holistic Page bookselling website: http://www.holisticpage.com.au/. Jolly good.
My progress in finding a distributor to bookshops is still "moving forward". I've had negative responses from two more distributors this week, and I have an enquiry sitting with another.
I've also had responses from many people to the announcement I sent out about the book launch at Gleebooks on Sunday 8 August. Thanks. Yes, I know it's the same day as the Sydney Morning Herald's City to Surf Fun Run. But if you run fast.....you could be back by 3.30pm to Glebe.
The book launch is organised. Alastair Rylatt (author of Winning the Knowledge Game) will chair the proceedings, and Jennifer Elliott (of Integrity & Values) and Claire Jankelson (President of Spirituality, Leadership and Management) will be speaking. You can register for the event, which is free, at the Gleebooks website (http://www.gleebooks.com.au/) or through my website.
And I have placed some book reviews and comments on the book on my website at http://www.glennmartin.com.au/.
I asked the I Ching about the novel - will it "move forward"? I got the hexagram 55, Feng, Enlargement or Expansion or Abundance. The image is of thunder and lightning.
In one commentary it says, "A student's strange thesis will eventually be appreciated by a scholar who sees its ingenuity. Elaborate your thesis. With his guidance you will make a name in the world."
Well, the novel is a strange thesis looking for appreciation.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'll keep you posted.
Ah, the image? Taken from my lady Tiffany's top balcony at Umina. It was like a golden fountain for just 30 seconds, then it faded. It was like the bounty of the universe on show, just long enough to see it perform.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I have been compiling a mailing list, and a list of media people to approach. I will send out notice of the book launch in about a week.
I want my book to be known and loved, like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Like Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Like Richard Bach's The Bridge across Forever. Like Paulo Coelho's books.
I spoke at an ethics conference at Sydney University in June. I spoke about the power of stories to communicate the personal impact of ethics in the workplace - and hence the importance of whether people act ethically or unethically. Learning about ethical theories is not enough, learning decision-making processes is not enough.
I am speaking at a "Wisdom in Management" conference in Canberra this week. What an outlandish concept! When we are used to business people saying "business is business", and "nothing is more important than profit". I am going to talk about my experience as a leader, using the I Ching and trying to operate effectively but in alignment with ethics (ie, with respect and care for people as humans). In other words, I am going to enter into the story that the novel is about.
In preparing this talk, I happened upon the infinity symbol. I was thinking about the deviations from the true that occur in living. For example, in thinking about our survival in the hurly-burly of existence, we can err on two sides.
First, we can be down-trodden and think of ourselves as victims. This is a bogey raised by the ego in its fear. "We" cannot really be harmed. (Ask Viktor Frankl.) Or, alternatively, we can go forth with aggression, prepared to crush anyone who may threaten us. This is the other way the ego leads us astray.
The two deviations are like the two loops of the infinity symbol. In the middle, between them, there is a still point where we act fearlessly and naturally, in alignment with the cosmic forces, without ego. Our mission? To stay at that still centre, neither a victim or a dominator. We come into our full power when we are not led by the ego, when the power of the cosmos moves through us.
I will have a summary of my Wisdom in Management talk on my website in a week or so. See http://www.glennmartin.com.au/. You can see details about the book launch there as well.