We’re fans of Ze Frank in this house. And tonight we discovered he’s doing a new show. Hurrah!

I’ve only watched the first vid so far, which is so different from his last show… but this video is just… wow. It’s called an Invocation for Beginnings.

It’s not often I watch a video and feel compelled to transcribe chunks of it.

Here’s the video:


If you can’t see the video embedded, you can go see it on YouTube

And there are the bits I just had to capture. Not all of these are relevant to me right now, but they’re still powerful enough for me to want to keep them on short notice.

This one at 0:13 reminds me of housework and blogging and Smarter Admins.

This is an invocation for anyone who hasn’t begun, who’s stuck in a terrible place between zero and one.

The 1:09 is self-explanatory, and I think something that resonates with a whole bunch of us:

Let me think about the people I care about the most.
And how when they fail, or disappoint me.
I still love them and I still give them chances.
And I still see the best in them.
Let me extend that generosity to myself.

At 1:36 you could replace “courage” with “motivation”

Let me remember that my courage is a wild dog.
It won’t just come when I call it.
I have to chase it down and hold on as tight as I can.

This one at 2:01 is something I’ll have to remember the next time I offend someone (i.e. tomorrow)

Let me remember that the impact of criticism is often not the intent of the critic.

And this? This one at 2:27 hits me on so many levels

Let me not think of my work only as a stepping stone to something else.
And if it is, let me become fascinated with the shape of the stone.

Do you have inspirational videos that you like to watch when you need a bit of a prod?

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2 thoughts on “Stuck between zero and one

  1. I kept this post unread in Google Reader for a few days, until I had time to sit and watch the video.

    THANK YOU for sharing this! I’m looking forward to watching all the others now – inspiring stuff!

    Posted on 29 April 2012 at 12:17 pm
  2. I remember watching this a few weeks ago. SO inspiring, isn’t it? My favourite line was “Let me extend that generosity to myself”. You’ve reminded me that I need to go back and watch other videos by this guy.

    Posted on 3 May 2012 at 8:26 am