Non-Career Advice: Deb Filler.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Non-Career Advice is a series that asks people - young, old, and in a range of occupations - for words of wisdom unrelated to work, career-building, dollars, or getting ahead.

Deb Filler / Writer + performer + comedian
Also: Singer / teacher / world-class cook
Age: 60

Celebrate all that you have — including your complaints. “My mantra is, I’m so lucky. Feeling lucky — celebrating that — is something that was handed down to me, because my father was an Auschwitz survivor.  Day to day, it’s easy to complain. I could list 20 things right now: My computer is too slow. My feet are cold. The window needs repairing. I didn’t want the tobiko on my sushi today. Listen to that: it’s all so incredibly unimportant. There are people in the world who live on 20 cents a day, who live in fear or in garbage, or are dead by the time they’re 30. What the hell have I got to complain about? We have freedom. We have choices. We can be artists. It makes me think, I’m so fortunate to have these problems. It’s about perspective, and remembering that we have a responsibility to give back on whatever level we can. Be generous. Volunteer.

Also: be a good listener. Connect with people emotionally and intellectually and physically and spiritually by putting your entire body into listening to them. Be completely awake.”

Thank you so much, Deb! More from the Non-Career Advice series, here.

14 comments:

Brynn said...

So excellent, so wise. Thank you for sharing!

Paw said...

This is wonderful! And so is Deb. I hope this circulates widely, very deserving.

cary said...

If everybody practiced her mantra, this world is a wonderful place to live. Well said.

Shoko said...

Agreed! It's pretty darn beautiful advice.

Panda Head said...

l o v e this (and this series, for real).

burntfeather said...

We are so lucky and privileged with opportunities - definitely nice to be reminded of that and not what was left on/off are sushi *totes guilty*

Camila Faria said...

Deb sounds like an amazing person. LOVE her beautiful advice. <3

joy bela said...

love this so, so much.

stateandoccupation.com said...

Ah Shoko I love your mind. This series is so great and necessary.

xo! Dakota Barber

auste said...

This is such a wonderful reminder. Thank you to Deb. And thank you to you, Shoko, for this brilliant series.

Kathy said...

Her mantra is so great! I especially love how she advises to be a good listener.

Brianne said...

Beautiful. I love this approach to the every day.

max said...

wonderful wonderful.

NATEKid said...

Love this!!!! Great series ShoKo!!!!

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