A Game Of Go Fish

Go fish!

Photo by incurable_hippie on Flickr.

You remember the card game Go Fish?

The one where someone is all, Do you have an eight?

And if you’re holding an eight in your hands, you give it to them.

And if you don’t, you tell them to go fish and they pull a card from the stack.

The one where someone is searching for a specific something.

And if you have it, you give it to them. And if not, they keep looking until they find it.

Yeah, that one.

Life is like one big game of Go Fish.

Except with life we make it way personal. Even when it’s totally not.


You are not a ridiculous asshat

When you’re playing Go Fish and someone asks for a card you don’t have, the other person doesn’t think you’re a ridiculous asshat.

And you don’t leap straight into that way too familiar I’m-useless-and-worthless-and-everyone-thinks-I-suck thing, do you?

They want an eight. You don’t have an eight. They keep looking.

It’s no big deal.

And maybe someone else at the table has an eight.

Either way, the game goes on.


Cue the puking

But, in life, when someone doesn’t dig what we’re doing it’s so much easier to launch into the everyone-thinks-I-suck thing.

At least it has been for me.

And, oh my god, did I master that routine.

Being rejected has always been one of my biggest fears.

Like huge-paralyzing-stop-me-dead-in-my-tracks big.

It’s been lurking under the bed for as long as I can remember.

And, like its super sucktastic first cousin perfectionism, it’s either totally stopped me from doing stuff or it’s made things miserable enough that I’d just feel like puking all over myself.


Freeeeeeedom!

But things are changing.

Which is a thousand kinds of fabulous. Because I figured this kind of suck was the sort of suck that would stick around for-fugging-ever.

And since I know I’m only one of about a bazillion people who struggle with this rejection thing, I figured I’d rap about the nugget of gorgeous that’s helped me to turn the potential puke fest around.

So what is it?

Resonance, baby.

Which is just a fancy pants way of talking about this go fish business.

Resonance is a scientist-meets-sound-geek thing. And, seriously, the idea totally turns me on.

Because beyond its nerdy wrapping, it’s like a master key to ridiculous levels of freedom. And I’m all about freedom.


Resonance 101

Here’s what I’ve learned from resonance:

You have certain stuff you like. Stuff you really really like.

And when you meet someone that matches that, they really ring your bell.

Because your here’s-what-I-want lines up with their here’s-what-I’ve-got.

And it’s like one big hell yeah! moment all around.

Sexy schtuff, right?

Sexy and, for moi, life changing.


Fork it

Tuning forks are a fun way to play with resonance.

(Pardon me while I tuck my mega nerditude back in. I didn’t realize it was hanging out.)

Anyway.

Let’s say you have two tuning forks. Both of them are tuned to F on the musical scale.

You whack one fork and it dingdingdings its heart out.

If you hold it close to the second fork, it’ll make that second fork start to ding too.

Because they’re a perfect match.

And that’s hawt.

But if one fork is an F and one fork is a C, there would be no mutual dinging going on. They’re too far apart on the scale to be a match.

It’s not that F rocks and C sucks. They’re just different notes.


It’s not about you

Back to the real life stuff.

You have your own brand of superpowers. Your own extra gorgeous thing that makes you you.

And if you bump into someone who doesn’t get it and love it and happy dance their ass off over it, it’s a resonance thing. It’s a go fish thing.

It’s not about you.

I repeat, it’s not about you.

You’re F. They’re C.

They’re looking for something different than what you’re rocking. Which is totally ok.

You don’t suck. You’re not doing anything wrong. You don’t have to change a thing.


They will wet themselves

There are plenty of people that are totally right for who you are and what you’re doing.

A whole crowd of Fs that will wet themselves when they find you.

Because what you’re doing will resonate like crazy with them.

You’ll ring their bell so hard they’ll see stars. It’ll be an immediate and mutual hell yeah! moment.

Did I mention how hawt that is?


Rubber, meet road

I’ve had two chances to really test this resonance stuff lately.

Because it’s great to talk this stuff conceptually. (Yay concepts!)

But to really get it – to put it into practice when it matters – is where the real mojo is.


What gives with this ninja thing?

Someone sent me an email to basically tell me that they didn’t get the ninja thing.

They didn’t get why I talk about ninjas. Their kids like ninjas. So why do I like ninjas? And why do I, you know, talk about them on my website?

They had an idea of what a guy that does sound-ey stuff should look like. And clearly I wasn’t it.

A few years ago, this kind of thing would have absolutely horrified me. It would have sent me into a complete tailspin.

Back then, after I finished freaking out and second guessing my decision make my love of ninjas a public thing, I would have deleted every single ninja reference from my website.

Because ohmygod someone doesn’t like me.

And if people don’t like me, no one will want to work with me. And I’ll end up totally broke eating cat food in a box under a bridge somewhere.

But it didn’t land that way with me this time.

Because I get that it has nothing to do with me. Or ninjas.

We’re just not a great match.

I’m an F. She’s a C. And it’s totally ok.

She’d have way more fun working with someone who fit her idea of what sound stuff should look like.

And I’d have way more fun working with someone who is ninja friendly.


You want me to do what?

The other day I got an email from someone telling me about a sound healing thing they did with someone in Colorado.

They had an ascended master triple strand DNA activation.

They wanted another one.

And they wanted me to do it.

But here’s the thing.

I don’t even know what that means.

I know these things get kicked around in some sound healing circles. But they’re totally not my thing.

Not on my wavelength.

I’m an F. This stuff is a C.

So I thanked her for dropping me a note, and I let her know I was totally not the right person for her.

Because what I do wouldn’t be a hell yeah! thing for her. She’s looking for something totally different than what I offer.

And that’s ok.

I’d rather her go fish and find what really turns her on.


You get to love what you love

Thanks to the liberate-yourself-from-suck mojo of resonance I get that this stuff isn’t personal.

I don’t suck because someone doesn’t get why I dig ninjas. Or because I have no clue what a triple strand DNA activation is and no desire to figure it out.

There are plenty of people who get what I’m doing.

People who dig a guy who digs ninjas, plays drums, loves punk rock music and does sound-ey stuff that makes all kinds of awesome happen without ever dipping too much into woo-woo.

I’m an F. There are plenty of other Fs out there.

And that’s hawt.

It’s also totally ok when I bump into Cs and Ds and Gs and Es too.

Everybody gets to love what they love. There’s room for all of it.


Two magic words

None of this not-digging-it stuff is personal.

Even when people act like it is. It’s all about resonance.

They may not get that. So they play it off like it’s personal.

But it never is.

Never.

When you really grok this resonance thing, you can free yourself from that flavor of funk faster than a speeding bullet.

And any time it starts to feel personal, remember these two magic words…

Go fish.


Riddle me this

How would things change for you if you got that it’s never about you and always about resonance?

Would it change how you see yourself? Or other people?

Would it change what you tell yourself about yourself?

Where else in your life could resonance be the master key to a heaping helping of delicious freedom?

Talk to me.

(Update: 05/26 – I found this fabulous video that shows the tuning fork thing brilliantly. Check it out.)

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37 Responses to A Game Of Go Fish
  1. Christine (Blisschick) Reed
    May 20, 2010 | 8:14 am

    OH! I LOVE THIS!

    I love the deeply beautiful metaphor of those tuning forks. Just gorgeous.

    And by the way, you like Ninjas and punk rock!?!?

    Oh, right, SO. DO. I.

    🙂

  2. Rachael
    May 20, 2010 | 8:27 am

    Oh wow. Big lightbulb moment here.

    Go fish. It’s not ME! Ahhh. 🙂

  3. Square-Peg Karen
    May 20, 2010 | 10:19 am

    Today the web-iverse has been hand-holding me and leading me to words that make my heart do the tuning fork thing: dingdingding!

    Your words are SO aha! for me today, now I’ve got something specific to grab onto when I start down that (someonedoesn’tlikeme) trail – thanks, thanks!!
    .-= Square-Peg Karen´s last blog ..Hellooooo Again (and Happy Body-Part Wednesday) =-.

  4. Tanya Geisler
    May 20, 2010 | 10:19 am

    “There’s room for it all”. Fabeku, this is off the hook. Resonance has never sounded so divine (yes, pun intended”.

    Brill, baby.

  5. Caroline
    May 20, 2010 | 10:22 am

    I just recently got it and it’s a liberating feeling. Now I can move on to the task of finding more Fs to work with: much more interesting than bending myself out of shape to resonate with all the other notes.

    And thank you for using the word grok in a sentence.

  6. Kai
    May 20, 2010 | 10:32 am

    Go Fish was my favourite card game as a child. I had a deck of cards with these goofy fish on them, like a blue fish with sunglasses and a green one with a propeller hat.
    Now every time I’m not the right match for someone I’m going to pretend that they were looking for one of those goofy fish. And while I may be goofy I am not a fish. So of course it can’t be personal. I mean, it’s not my fault I’m not a fish.
    …I am so loving this already! I had no idea such a gross, hard topic could be fun.
    Thank you for being such an awesome ninja-loving, sound-digging genius.

  7. Briana
    May 20, 2010 | 10:36 am

    Dude. You are so amazing for offering up these bite-size phrases that just… resonate with me. First, Reach for the roots. And now: Go Fish! I love it. So much. I love how neutral and easy and not-taking-things-personally it is. Go fish. Yay! Thank you!
    .-= Briana´s last blog ..On feeling jealous =-.

  8. Wulfie
    May 20, 2010 | 10:36 am

    Go figure…go Fish. Totally right on.

  9. Michelle
    May 20, 2010 | 10:38 am

    Dude, Fabeku, this post is such a great reminder/kick in the pants. Bookmarking it.

  10. Patty K
    May 20, 2010 | 10:44 am

    I guess once you’ve experienced an ascended master triple strand DNA activation, nothing else will do.

    I love how you illustrated this concept. I think where I’ve been tripped up in the past is feeling like a space alien. Surrounded by Fs, Cs, Ds and here I am… a Q or something. Playing fish, getting asked for a 3, a king, a jack and I’ve got a mitt full of Animal Rummy cards.

    Which is why I love the internet and especially blogging…because the folks we truly resonate with may be half way around the world. But they’re there. It’s an awesome thing.
    .-= Patty K´s last blog ..8 reasons why pajamas are my wardrobe of choice =-.

  11. Mary
    May 20, 2010 | 11:00 am

    This right here…..this is exactly why we click. Thanks for defining it so ninja-rifically! I salute ur insight fellow nerd ::gives super secret nerd salute::

  12. Shamsi
    May 20, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Dude… I am so totally jacking your verbage on this forever. Of course with credit, but this is the most rockin’ thing I’ve read in weeks. And I finally figured out why YOU so groove for me – you are the *exact* right amount of touchy feely without being too soft (well, we could go into the whole Goldie Locks thing right now, but you get the idea.)

    Dude – thanks for your most awesome words in your voice. It’s a great voice.

  13. Bridget
    May 20, 2010 | 11:07 am

    Oh, I love resonance. I love it because it’s a big fat yes from the kindred spirits.
    The universe made it so easy for us to find each other because it made us resonant.
    I had an interview with a writer from the UK this week, and from the moment I met her, we clicked! We just clicked! I felt safe and understood and I was enthusiastic about her work and she was about mine, and it just blew my mind that it would be so easy to fall in-step with someone else.
    When you don’t get stuck on the people who are singing in a different key, when you don’t use their A minor to judge your D major, then it’s easier to find those that can sing with you.
    Also, it’s easier to appreciate the A minor without judging it. You don’t have to be oh so “That’s NOT ME!” but instead maybe “That’s so cool that you’re like that. I’m like this. Want some chocolate?”
    Fabeku- brilliant insight.
    .-= Bridget´s last blog ..Tonglen: Getting the Small-T Truth Out =-.

  14. Michelle Leisy
    May 20, 2010 | 11:15 am

    I’ve been tugging this idea around with me for a while now without really being able to put it into practice. Well, at least not without a lot of wailing and pulling out my hair for a few days. I have a feeling I’m going to be thinking “Go Fish” all the time now. Thanks.

  15. elizabeth
    May 20, 2010 | 11:45 am

    Go fish! I love it! I am bookmarking this for the I-suck moments.

    The other day, it occurred to me that I’ve gotten better. I read one of those “reiki is a bunch of bull” articles and thought, interesting, and forgot about it. But I realized that not so long ago, it would have thrown me into a panic because how would I respond to those people and how can I do something that people don’t like and .. and .. and .. but I read it and thought, great, they don’t have to believe it works. I have no intention of trying to convince people or make them believe in it. They’ll go their way and I’ll go mine. And we’re all happy. Well, except for the author, because they want me to see it their way. 😉
    .-= elizabeth´s last blog ..with this ring =-.

  16. Emm
    May 20, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, it’s a wonderful way to look at things and you expressed it so well and easily.
    =)

  17. martha
    May 20, 2010 | 1:00 pm

    thanks for putting into words what i had been
    feeling for the last couple of months (without being able to explain it in words)i’ve been much happier, like a big ahhhhhhhhh.

  18. Noura
    May 20, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    Fabeku – you know I think you are a ninjariffic soul that is always “right on” and right on my brainwave. You are awesomesauce in a jar – but not constrained, mind you! Thank you for your brilliance. & I, btw, <3 Ninjas & Punk Rock Music.

  19. Dave
    May 20, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    Hi Fabeku,

    While reading this I had an ascended master triple Ninja DNA activation!

    Worrying about ‘Right People’, trying not to read into responses,not-respones, or imagined future responses to my thing–these are the exact issues that I’m tackling right now and I love your take on resonance. It makes such sense, and in a concrete way, too.

    *takes deep breath* Ahhh … it’s not me.

    I love reading your posts. Sound stuff has always seemed so mysterious to me and now, reading your stuff, I feel like I have my own personal translator from the world of sound.

    Yay to that.

    Cheers!
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Goat King Sits On A Golden Throne =-.

  20. Fringe Collective Artistic Studios
    May 20, 2010 | 2:57 pm

    Loved the content of your post.

    I have a wrench to toss at you. You can choose to dodge it, or see how it resonates when it hits you on the noodle.

    Some of us have this sad and strange, and sometimes… fun and frantic, emotional reality call “bi-polar disorder”.

    What this means is that on some days I may be an “F”, on others I’m a “C”. There may be days in between when I’m a “G”, “D”, “B”, or something else. This tends to confuse people, and kind of gets in the way of making truly significant bonds with other “F”s, “C”s, and any of the others notes in the choir.

    Having said all that, I’m going to switch gears. I have a resonance experience of my own to tell all your fans.

    Yesterday, I went to a very noted University’s School of Art. I regularly post ads on their bulletin boards to drum up business contacts for my studios. Well I was checking my fliers (posted earlier in the month), and found that someone (probably an “X” person of some sort) wrote this comment on one of them. “I hear that this guy is kind of a creep”. This simple comment kicked me in the proverbial ego and sent me in a rage. I reacted by removing all my fliers from the building and going on my fuming way.

    I met up with my wife a little later, and she set me straight concerning the whole ordeal. She pretty much covered the whole meaning of your “GO FISH” speech, and sent me on my way. Needless to say (with head bowed and hat in hand) I went back to the school and reposted all my flyers.

    The fact that your blog came to her attention today (she then forwarded it to me), turned into a real “na na na boo boo” moment as she gave me a raspberry in triumph.

    All I have to say is thanks to you both… and

    “I’m Going Fishing”
    .-= Fringe Collective Artistic Studios´s last blog ..Beloved =-.

  21. Michelle Russell
    May 20, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    Oh. My.

    Fabeku, this is AWESOME. If this is what happens when you let your mega nerditude hang out, let it fly in the breeze, brutha’!

    Fantastic stuff for recovering people-pleasers, like me, to really internalize. If I’m an F, no way can I ever be anything else (without being, oh, MELTED DOWN COMPLETELY and re-cast–ouch!). So there’s no point in trying to be *any* other note, let alone EVERY other note, because it’s impossible. And the longer I try, the more I’m getting in the way of my own peace of heart and making my own unique contribution to the world.

    Thanks for this one, dude. Fantastic.

  22. Sarah Marie Lacy
    May 20, 2010 | 6:49 pm

    Go fish! Go fish! Haha!
    You are such a genius – has anyone told you that lately? And one of my favouritest people?
    This is so so so true.

    And really helps me to feel better about last week’s rejection from the gallery (even though all those feelings got triggered again today).

    And that little note about how it’s not personal even if they think it is? Hit the nail on the head.
    Thank you, you wonderful person you.
    <3
    .-= Sarah Marie Lacy´s last blog ..Tempting the artist =-.

  23. Coach T.I.A
    May 20, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    I’m just er… smockgabbed at your awesome writing skills! I’m a something who loves your Fness! Tia @TiaSparkles
    .-= Coach T.I.A ´s last blog ..Entrepreneurship & The Girl + Freelance Camp Vancouver =-.

  24. Mahala Mazerov
    May 20, 2010 | 9:42 pm

    I’m late to the party, but just want to tell you how brilliant this post is and how much it resonates with me.

    It makes a great argument, too, for being as you as you can be. (Channeling Dr. Suess) Something you have a real gift for, Fabeku
    .-= Mahala Mazerov´s last blog ..Testing the Benefits of Meditation… in the Emergency Room =-.

  25. Jess
    May 21, 2010 | 8:14 am

    HUZZAH! Totally a big huge AMEN from me. What an awesome way to share this concept with us. Totally rocks. And I must be an F too. 😉

  26. Sheila the Wonderbink
    May 21, 2010 | 9:40 am

    Jess pointed me to this entry and I have to say it definitely resonates with me!

    That’s one of the things I love about the 21st century–it’s easier than ever to be who you really are and find people who dig that, instead of having to smother yourself to fit in.

    Keep rocking the ninjatude!

  27. Liz
    May 21, 2010 | 10:25 am

    Can you feel the air buzzing with all these tuning forks resonating to F? I can!
    BTW…’nerditude’ is now my favorite new word. And don’t tuck it to far inside- because that’s part of what makes YOU so hawt!

  28. Kari
    May 21, 2010 | 8:56 pm

    I think the explanation about resonance is really good Fabeku. I might be an F# *smiles* as I don’t know the card game- never seen it in England, don’t understand Ninjas really and am into Classical and folk not punk- but it makes no difference to me regarding your sound healing work and your website- it reflects you Fabeku- and that is good. Your character shines through! I love the orange colour- I’ve always liked this colour and the scrumptious fruit by the same name.I see you have read Stranger in a Strange Land 😉

  29. Josiane
    May 21, 2010 | 10:06 pm

    Another one for me to bookmark and re-read as often as needed… Thank you, Fabeku!
    .-= Josiane´s last blog ..Middle of the night musings =-.

  30. Allison Day
    May 22, 2010 | 3:52 am

    Wonderful, beautiful, I love it.

    And ninjas? You’re awesome. 😀

    This reminds me of a while back, when Havi was talking about being someone’s “right people”, and that totally struck a chord with me, because I realized that it was 100% okay and there was nothing wrong with me and I wasn’t a complete loser if I *wasn’t* one of her right people.

    I love the acceptance that everyone isn’t on the same wavelength, and that’s okay. 🙂
    .-= Allison Day´s last blog ..Tokyo, Japan: Yoshinoya, Ginza, Tokyo Imperial Palace, and CoCo Curry =-.

  31. Katie Schroth
    May 22, 2010 | 11:02 am

    This post was so powerful; I actually needed to reflect on it for a couple of days before commenting.

    You asked, “How would things change for you if you got that it’s never about you and always about resonance”.

    To me that would be one of the most freeing things ever. Not to mention the additional benefits of self-assurance and confidence to express yourself fully and completely. And as a result of that expression you actually draw more people who resonant with you, to you. It’s a wonderful repeating cycle.

    It would also make me much more tolerant of others. That tolerance makes life so much easier. It makes family and work issues much easier to work through. It honors the spirit in everyone, encourages them to be themselves and as a result draw to themselves people who resonant with them.

    Thank you so much for a powerful, thought-provoking sharing.

  32. Good stuff, Fabeku. Good stuff.

  33. Leila
    May 24, 2010 | 6:24 pm

    Bizarre that I didn’t comment! But that’s probably because I linked it via Facebook to everyone I knew who needed to hear this! Much much gorgeousness, heart smart savviness and very, very necessary indeed.
    .-= Leila @SunflowerLeila´s last blog ..Developing trust – in small bited sized portions =-.

  34. Fabeku
    May 25, 2010 | 1:45 pm

    Hey taters!

    You have all gotten into this habit of blowing me away with all the smartness you drop in these comments.

    Sorry it took me a sec to respond. Oral surgery on Friday meant zonked-out Fabeku for a few days.

    @Christine – I’m glad the tuning fork thing struck a chord (pun totally not intended). I found this fabulous video that I’m adding to the post when I finish replies. And ninjas and punk rock… rawrrrr!

    @Rachael – Yay! I heart lightbulb moments.

    @KarenDingdingding-ey hearts… another thing that makes me yay. And I’m glad this gives you something to hold on to. I’ve found myself holding to it more than once.

    @Tanya – Brill? Sweet! And big thanks.

    @Caroline – First, you noticed grok. Yay! Second, you’re so so right about the liberating and better-than-bending stuff. We get to be who we are and find people who love that and celebrate that and will love it up like crazy.

    @Kai – Green fishies with propeller hats! Love! And can I borrow the while-I-may-be-goofy-I-am-not-a-fish line? It’s perfect.

    @Briana – The not-taking-things-personally thing was the big one for me. It’s so easy to get hooked on that, isn’t it? But go fish provided a really easy reframe.

    And what you said about the bite sized phrases? It totally inspired this wild/fun/exciting idea that I’m cookin’ on now. So big thanks!

    @Wulfie – Thanks!

    @Michelle – Glad it had some good mojo for you.

    @Patty – Your opening sentence almost resulted in root beer being shot through both nostrils. Which is why I adore you.

    And I get what you mean about the alien thing. But if you’re feeling totally off the scale, there are other people out there feeling the same way. And they’re all pretty sure they’re the only one. Which is why connecting with them can be powerful. Like *boom* powerful.

    @Mary – Woot! (returns the super secret nerd salute.)

    @Shamsi – Feel free to jack it. Totally cool with me. And thanks for what you said about the touch-ey feel-ey stuff. That made me smile.

    @Bridget – What you said about us being made resonant? I totally agree. And I’m pretty sure that’s one of the great big huge gifts that not only do so many of us not get, but we actively fight against. And yet, it’s the sweetest thing ever when we plug into it and ride it and celebrate it.

    You’re also totally right about the not-judging-it thing. When I really got this go fish business, not only did I learn to roll with it when people don’t dig me, but I let go of so many of the judgments I had about other people too.

    There really is room for all of it.

    @Michelle – Totally welcome. I’m glad it helped to make this more accessible for you. Yay!

    @Elizabeth – Ooh, your example is perfect! That’s exactly what we’re talking about here. A brilliant go fish moment! And you rocked it! Go you!

    @Emm – Big welcomes. And thanks for your kindness.

    @MarthaBig ahhhhs are delicious, aren’t they? Here’s to big ahhhhs all around!

    @Noura – Awesomesauce in a jar? Tankyouberrymuches!

    @Dave – For me, it can get really messy trying to sort through replies, responses, right people, not right people. Ergh. It feels like a big ball of knotted string. Not fun and not easy. I’m glad you can take a deep breath around all of this stuff.

    And thanks for what you said about making the sound stuff less mysterious. I appreciate that x 1000.

    @FCAS – I’m sorry about the hard around the bi-polar stuff. I haven’t experienced that myself, so I won’t pretend to know what it’s like for you.

    And I’m also sorry for the hard of somebody writing something crappy on your flier. Which just plain sucks.

    One thing I was thinking about, after I read your comment, was that even if you find yourself fluctuating from note to note, there are other people who get that. And who resonate with that.

    It might be other people who are bi-polar. Or even people who aren’t bi-polar, but can still relate to that feeling of being up and down the scale in their own way.

    It can be hard when people are giving certain labels. Because it can make things seem wrong or bad or, at the very least, different in a way that isn’t appreciated.

    And I see how this can lead to serious isolation. Which just adds to the hard.

    There’s room for ranges here. You don’t always have to be an F or a C or a G. You can be all over the scale. There are other people who are all over the scale too. So I’m betting there are other people who get this – who get what you’re saying and experiencing and feeling.

    I’m glad you were able to go fish. And the idea of triumphant raspberries totally made me smile.

    @Michelle – The people pleasing thing is such an important piece of this puzzle. So big thanks for bringing it up.

    As a recovering people pleaser, I get this. And I get how ack it can be when we feel like we can’t be every note on the scale and might – *gasp* – disappoint someone.

    And what you said about getting the way of your heart and your own fabulous contribution? Totally right on.

    @Sarah – One of your favouritest people (Canadian spelling respectfully maintained)? Yay!

    When I wrote this, I was thinking about a few experiences people have had lately. And your gallery experience was one that kept coming to mind. So I’m glad it helped. Really. Because you’re off-the-charts awesome.

    @Tia – Big thanks. And big respect for the positive vibe you always bring.

    @Mahala – You can channel Dr. Seuss anytime. There’s lots of wisdom in those rhyme-ey words. And thanks for your niceness. Totally appreciated.

    @Jess – Thanks for the huzzah!

    @Sheila – Right on. No more smothering. People need what we have to share. And sharing that with as much you-ness as we can muster is the best!

    @Liz – I can feel the collective buzzing. And I lurve it like crazy. And I lurve that you lurve nerditude. Because I’m up to my eyes in it.

    @Kari – I think it’s cool whatever you’re into. Punk. Classical. Ninjas. Angels. It’s all good. We can all do our thing and rock our own flavor of awesome.

    @Josiane – Totally welcome!

    @Allison – Aw, thanks. Yeah, the resonance thing has really helped me to get the right people thing in a more concrete way. I was able to get how it all works – what makes someone a right person and all that jazz. And how, like you said, it’s totally ok however it shakes out.

    @Katie – You really summed up the big awesome in this go fish thing beautifully.

    Freedom. Confidence. Tolerance.

    That’s it. Right there.

    @Another F – Hey you! Big thanks.

    @Leila – Heart smart savviness. I love that. Thanks! And thanks for sharing the post with other peeps. I appreciate it muches.

    Mucho thanks folks. Thanks for stopping by, hanging out and sharing your awesome.

    p.s. Can I just tell you all how much I love the fact that so many of you love the ninja + punk rock thing? I dig you all like crazy.

  35. Elana
    June 3, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    Ode to a fellow schmenge brother,
    I am so gladdy mcglad that I found you! WOW!
    Thank you.
    And if you don’t know what a schmenge brother is I suggest a quick google of Christmas in Leutonia
    : )
    sweet sounds to you
    Elana

  36. Natalia
    June 11, 2010 | 4:25 pm

    This is so good.

    Excellent metaphor, too. Super duper helpful.

    Thank you!
    .-= Natalia´s last blog ..‘I could feel the words bubbling up inside me’ =-.

  37. Fabeku
    June 13, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    @Elana – Can I just say ditto on the gladdy mcglad thing?

    @Natalia – Glad you dug the metaphor! Thanks for saying so. I appreciate it.

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