Area Code 818

Yesterday, I received a group text with 10-12 recipients.  The sender is a young, fresh thinker, one whom I deeply respect as a person, an artist and a leader.

Here’s what it said:

An Experiment in Group Texting

While I do know each of you personally, you may not know each other.  So let me introduce you.You are all leaders and creative forward thinkers from all around the country.  Some of the thoughts and conversations you and I have had together, just the two of us, would benefit and be of value to all of us.

So here’s what I’m proposing:  Any thoughts, quotes, books, lessons, links, or axioms you’d like to share for the good of leadership and creativity, make this a virtual space for that.

A few guidelines and ground rules: Avoid replies and discussion.  I think this will work best if this is a space just to introduce new ideas and avoid long threads.  Of course you can follow up with each other individually.  Maintain anonymity, or don’t maintain anonymity.  It’s completely up to you.  Free free to start your own virtual mastermind group space, but come back and share some of the nuggets here!

Let’s see how it goes!


Now that’s an invitation to which I’ll click Yes, Count Me In.  So now there are about 12 of us, some of their names are on my caller ID if we already are friends, and some of them are listed only by their phone number.  So, in my clever mind, I have named them by their area code.

I got this nugget of goodness this morning:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson


Thank you, Area Code 818.

3 thoughts on “Area Code 818

  1. This is oft attributed to Nelson Mandela; I’m thankful the rightful person of these amazing thoughts are finally attributed to the true author.

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