This 7 day #YourTurnChallenge is not so difficult after all. Got my brain a -working, and my fingers a -typing. The motivation is there because of the virtual ‘tribe’ out there who are also participating. It calls for some level of accountability from each person. But what happens at the end of the 7 days and you get stuck on your own? Today’s (Day 5) blog post prompt question is “What advice would you give for getting unstuck?”. Beyond stepping away from the screens, inhaling nature or shifting one’s mental alignment, how about forming or getting in a ‘tribe’ for support, for accountability, for encouragement, for that needed push.
“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” Book by Seth Godin defines a tribe:
A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.
Due to financial limitations or repeated disappointments from people, I have found myself learning a few self taught skills and DIY~ing that cuts costs considerably. They do come out right, looking ‘pro’, thankfully. But one can get burnt out sometimes and be a Jack/Jane of all trade and master/missus of none. So sometimes it’s good to ask for help when stuck, if you know where to find the help that is, from fellow like minded people, mentors or leaders who are willing, and they will only be willing if they are ‘your tribe’. A tribe. A team. A mature clique. Or should we use that word ‘network’ (which I blogged about on my Day 4 post) Actually, I believe a tribe is more specific and intimate than a network, a tribe can be carved out of your network. When you know others in your ‘clan’ are really interested in you and what you do, are forward thinkers, never give-up’ers, of like mind, positively motivated you have no choice but to be hardworking and progressive as well. Didn’t they say “show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are”, didn’t they also say “birds of the same feather flock together”.
Tribes are at our fingertips in these days of social media – facebook groups, meetup.com, instagram followership, twitter, pinterest. Who you follow, what you see, quotes/blogs you read, music you listen to, can get you unstuck at moments you lack inspiration. These are all ‘virtual tribe’ platforms even if you don’t know each other, or may never even meet on ground till heaven comes and the earth disappears. So if you want to be unstuck, who is in your tribe, do you have one?
Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing
2 thoughts on “In Need of A Tribe? – #YourTurnChallenge Day 5”
For me, it’s the idea (life/lifestyle ideology) that set the tribe in motion. When you recognize a fellow with a shared philosophy of life and meanings he is a member of your tribe. This can emanate via advocacy for, and championing of, a socio-cultural belief, an intellectual theory, a lifestyle aesthetic led by an innovator in any of the art expressions of music, visual arts, performance art, fashion and cinema. We champion and advocate for that thing that gives worth and dignity to our way of seeing and thinking in the midst of others that beg to differ. So Ms Tosinger, what are the stylistic and ethical (or spiritual) rights and wrongs that defines you, so I can deduct whether we are of the same tribe? I have deliberately left out the specificity of religion and morality since those are accorded too much authority than they are worth.
Thanks for your comment Mr Ayomulti. You are absolutely right. To answer your question, from what I observe, with regards to the stylistic we are both eclectic avant-garde artists of African origin who embrace and are still in touch with the culture and traditions of our roots, I know we will both sit comfortably in an afro-bohemian collective or tribe. In terms of ethics, I can generally say I stand for the basic and the obvious considered morally right, open to further discussion over a cuppa 🙂