en·gage | [verb: do it] | verb
- to attract and hold by influence or power
- to interlock with: MESH
- to bind (as oneself) to do something; especially to bind by a pledge to marry
synonyms: agree, bind, catch, commit, contract, guarantee, obligate, oblige, undertake, vow
“When you start to engage with your creative processes, it shakes up all your impulses, and they all kind of inform one another. “– Jeff Bridges
A few years ago, I got engaged. We bought beautiful handcrafted sterling sliver rings rings from an art gallery… the pieces were called “The Engagement Ring” – not traditional rings. There are no diamonds. We made our promises to engage each other”s attention, emotion and interests for 5 years. To me, this means looking good, being optimistic, taking chances…. Shaking it up. I planned to work hard to be engaging for the next five years… for the sake of love. This is a non-traditional approach – but five years is a long time…. and I don’t ever want to make a promise that I cannot keep.
When the five year promise was over – we re-assessed. We signed on for another year. Yes, just one. We found that we had fallen into the typical pattern of life – getting comfortable with one another. Not always engaging. Sometimes engaging in arguments. I’ll check in with you next year – let’s see where we’re at.
Being engaging is challenging work; it’s constant effort. But – isn’t this what we should be doing in this life – constantly engaging ourselves with the people around us? Constantly inter-meshing, attracting – and allowing ourselves to be attracted?
“How much do you engage yourself in what”s truly real and important in life? That”s the individual question.” – Ted Danson
In 2006, I had the honor of living for 6 weeks with one of my dearest friends. She managed to engage me quite often; in memorable conversations and activities, and I am so thankful for these times. She pulled us from the apartment and off to yoga when I didn’t want to go. She engaged me in the “bountiful goodness” of beet juice every morning, and changed my life forever. Bottom line: she encouraged change when I needed it and I am a better person for it.
“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men. “-Mortimer Adler
Philosophy In Action
This week, make it your duty to engage another person (attract him and hold him by influence). Perhaps you'll find yourself teaching someone how "easy" it is to plank every day. Maybe you'll be speaking to a co-worker on a topic that they are not familiar with… and they'll learn from you. Whatever the case, do your part in serving the world. It's our duty to engage others… to share… to inspire…to promote change where its needed.
Color Your World
Aspen gold, the color of June, can enhance articulation and verbal dexterity. It may even help when taking an exam or speaking in front of an audience.
The Solar Plexus or third chakra acts as the sun inside of your body. As the element of this chakra is fire, your body utilizes that internal flame as energy.
This week, connect your feet with your brain more often. Lifting your toes will help to engage the peroneal muscles, the lateral ankle stabilizers. By staying connected, staying engaged, you can physically make yourself more stable and balanced.