Vive la revolution: Quit Taylorizing Life

Danielle LaPorte asks, “What do you want to revolutionize?

I’m glad you asked.

I am sick and tired of hearing people apologize for their dreams. I’m sore in the heart every time someone says,  “And then she told me, “You should be glad you even have a job.”  And I am royally pissed off when people say “Well, it’s easy for you. You have [advantage].

I hate the way we transform self-care and personal challenges into checkboxes and then we beat ourselves up for not checking them off fast enough. 

We’re racing towards the finish line with our eyes closed. 

Is it any wonder we have so many stumbles?

The ways we approach change, and personal growth, and balance, they’re broken.

There’s too much thinking  and not enough feeling.

There’s  too much deciding and not enough wondering.

And there’s entirely too much judgement about the whole thing.

Where’s the attitude of play and exploration? Where’s the devotion to craft? The diligent joy of deliberate practice.

Instead, we create targets. We create metrics. We’re Taylorizing our lives. 

This has got to change. And change has got to start somewhere.

I guess that makes me a revolutionary.

If this post spoke to you, please share it.


6 thoughts on “Vive la revolution: Quit Taylorizing Life”

  1. I am in love with wondering and imagining and dreaming and romancing my life with the details and small pleasures – teasing out the big stuff bit by bit. I just hate the term ‘self care’ at all.  where’s the poetry and sensuality and bodily instinct for the mystery and flow of it all?  how are you supposed to get to know yourself if you start out by assuming that it’s ever going to be linear, consistent….please.  we’re way too rich with meaning for that to add up to good…what’s with all the ‘let’s get being myself finished so I can get on with …” what?  yea…’s a dance.  it’s poetry.  it’s celebrating and mourning without drawing a line between them….

    1. I have no problem with people scheduling ‘me time’ as a way to signal its importance and its worthiness of their attention. But having seen the way people conflate “listen to their body for what it needs” and “adding some self-care activities to the checklist” I just *really* cannot endorse this mindset. 

      You’re right. People think they (or the problem) is linear, simplistic, and can be managed. It’s more like horse whispering, a communication and an understanding of what our desires are. I don’t see much advice on THAT.
  2. I’ve completely lost track of the source or context of this quote – but ultimately, it doesn’t matter what it was originally about ~ “Make it a poem, not a police report!”

  3. I am so fascinated by this question that Danielle posed – and I’m catching up on what others answered.  I adore your thoughts here.  We have lost the art of wonder… taking the time to “feel” rather than think – and often OVER think stuff.  Why is it so difficult for us to let go and just dream, wonder, feel? I signed up for your newsletter…. I look forward to going through and discovering other nuggets on your blog!

    1. Thank you! So nice to have you here.

      So much of it is simple lack of agency; we’ve stopped (or never started) deciding what’s right for us, and given over that responsibility to “experts” or what we “should” be doing. 
      And you’re right, the way to decide that is much more through feeling than it is through thinking.
      Enjoy poking around! Any thing I can do to help, just ask.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *