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Mixed Messages Day 17: Who's Your People?

For years, I've carried my mentors with me in my head. When I have a tough decision to make, I ask what they would do. When I feel like giving up, I remember their grit. When I feel down, I remember their encouraging words.

 

Your people matter. If you're part of the group, you'll do as they do. Might as well find a group that inspires you to be your best self, right? Carry them around, and when you have doubts remind yourself that if they can do it, so can you.

 

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I took the day off from making music to spend time outside on a beautiful fall afternoon. It's 65 and sunny. Despite last weekend's afternoon in the 90s, it feels like fall is finally winning.

 

While outside, I thought of more questions to guide Mixed Messages:

 

Why do people lose themselves? What conditions need to be present for them to lose direction? What pressures exist to lead them astray? What are they chasing to lead them astray? What are they running from to lead them astray? What emotions? Is it because of overconfidence? Or fear? 

 

After they're lost, how do they correct to get back on track? After a mistake, how do they choose the right direction?

 

Can understanding the universal help me make sense of the specifics? How can I weave the universal into the narrative of Mixed Messages?