|Photo Credit: Ostrich Egg Carvings|
This morning I have several things on the brain that might seem unrelated at first glance: Seth Godin, orchids, Dremel tools, dentures, "peticures," and egg carvings. You just never know what you’re going to find here when I start writing at 2:30 a.m. I enjoy being surprised by the things percolating in my brain at this hour.
So what is the connection? The interwoven thread is that of being indispensable and uniquely brilliant. I am, of course, thinking about Seth Godin’s book about linchpins. One of the things Seth asks us is if we are indispensable. I had always hoped to be seen in that way but in reality, when I first read his book, I had not yet experienced an organization that didn’t constantly remind my colleagues and I that we could be easily dispensed of and replaced.
What makes you or I indispensable, or, in the definition of a human linchpin, essential? We learn by reading Seth’s book that it is our unique brilliance. And, our unique brilliance has to do with the artistry of our hearts and souls. We become indispensable when we turn each day into a work of art.
That explains where the title of this post and Seth Godin come into play. You may still be wondering how I’m going to work in the orchid, false teeth, peticure, carving, and Dremel angles. This has to do with the artistry, unique brilliance, and essence of those who make Squidoo such an incredibly creative unworkplace.
Unworkplace? That’s right. Squidoo is not typical in any way. In this creative community, each writer is constantly encouraged to pour his or her indispensability into each interaction (with others and with stories). So what is the work in an unworkplace? It’s emotion, and passion, and delight. It is being the work of art that we already are in essence.
That brings us to the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. A while back, I issued a challenge for creative souls to share reviews of their favorite Dremel tools. In my “Do or Di” DIY world, the Dremel is indispensable. It is uniquely brilliant. It’s the one tool I would never want to be without. I haven’t found anything that my Dremel cannot do. It is a linchpin.
While visiting Dremel reviews on Squidoo, I have been continually amazed and delighted by the ingenious ways in which my fellow writers use their Dremel tools and accessories. Please take a few moments to celebrate with me the unique brilliance of those who have demonstrated there are no limits to what two linchpins (human and Dremel) can accomplish in concert with one another.
Denise McGill saves the day with her Dremel dentistry brilliance. While Nathanville upcycles a plastic tumbler into an orchid pot using his Dremel, flycatcher gives her dogs a peticure. Then there are the amazing egg carvings presented by Craft-E-Mom.
After checking out their artistry, might you join us as the newest member of our Squidoo Linchpin Collective? We’d love to have the opportunity to appreciate the indispensable artistry and unique brilliance of you.