In our last couple +1s, we’ve had fun using Emerson’s new Oura ring as a catalyst for our exploration of some practical wisdom.
Patricia is the author of Improv Wisdom. She taught in Stanford’s drama department for decades and is one of the most wonderful humans I’ve ever met.
Now that I think about it, she reminds me of another Stanford sage and mentor, William Damon—one of the world’s leading scholars on the science of moral development. (Check out our Notes on Noble Purpose, The Path to Purpose, and A Round of Golf with My Father.)
They both have an extraordinary, embodied wisdom and a calm, loving warmth. Soul Force activated!
At the end of my Chats with these Heroic Masters, I often invite our community to ask our guest a question.
After my chat with Patricia, a member of our community asked a question regarding how he can more powerfully connect with his wife when they face the inevitable struggles in their relationship and parenting journey raising a bunch of kids.
She told him, basically, to quit trying to coach/support/“fix” his wife and simply (goosebumps) look for THREE ways he could secretly serve her during the day.
Tiny little micro-acts of love that he could do for her WITHOUT telling her and WITHOUT expecting to get any credit or thanks.
That’s our +1.
Think of a loved one—perhaps someone with whom you might be facing some challenges or with whom you want to deepen your connection.
See if you can find three tiny little things you can do to make their lives just a little better today.
+1. +1. +1.
All day. Every day.