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T-Shirts, Books, and Buildings
The t-shirt and mug I received as parting gifts from a luncheon the other day got me thinking about a common theme I notice among many people.
Whether I am meeting one-on-one or chatting with participants after a workshop, I find that a disproportionate number of people who want to shine also want to either:
print a t-shirt,
write a book,
or, someday, open some sort of facility.
Present company included.
In fact, I have had forays into all three.
My drawer is full of House of Shine shirts we have printed over the years.
I am still on chapter eight of the book that I am intent on writing,
and I dream in color about someday having a physical space called the House of Shine.
My hypothesis is that, when done, all three of those things, provide people with physical evidence that our time here on earth matters.
Think about it.
If you have reason to print a t-shirt you have created something worth sharing. It might be an organization you started, a program you offer, a product you are promoting, or an idea you are trying to spread.
Books linger. They let us hold space in the world of ideas and, once published, provide documented proof of our contribution.
And space, physical and virtual, serves as the ultimate evidence that our presence has been felt. Whether storefront, coffee shop, training facility, park, school, or insert-your-dream-location, having space means that you not only had an idea, but other people were interested enough to want to visit it and join in.
I don’t know if it’s true. My observations are purely anecdotal, mixed with a little bit of personal reflection.
The key here is that it isn’t about the t-shirt, the book, or the storefront. Those things are just physical manifestations – proof – of the real issue.
The real issue is that each of us, no matter who we are or what we do, ultimately wants to know our time here on earth has mattered. We want to know we have made a difference and that our presence in the world has been felt.
The dream of t-shirts, books, and buildings is simply how we touch it.