Tag Archives: Mark Maousek

The Optimist Manifesto

I’m psyched about doing a bi-monthly column for the brand new site Purple Clover. My first piece just came out this week. It’s called “The Optimist Manifesto,” and makes the argument that optimists are the true realists, not pessimists, because we don’t take our existence for granted and see every day for what it is – a miraculous thing. Continue reading

Our Week in Gindou, France

I’m looking forward to the residential retreat starting this weekend in Gindou, France! It’s called “Awakening Genius: An Exploration of Desire and the Creative Life,” and we have a great group coming from around the United States and Europe. We’ll be working at Le Perchoir des Paons, a renovated stone farmhouse in the heart of the Dordogne region. Classes and writing time will be in the mornings, and we’ll explore the sites in the afternoon, including the nearby prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux. Since our subject is genius – by way of desire – there couldn’t be a more historically apt marker of inherent human creativity.

Each of us is born with a unique gift. Within every person exists an original spark of creativity waiting to be ignited. This creative power is our genius, a source of inherent brilliance whose dynamic potential can transform our lives once we know how to find it. In my experience, insight is the key to Continue reading