March 03, 2017

VanBerlo’s Read & Think book club

We at the VanBerlo Read & Think book club met recently, to discuss 'The Crossroads of Should and Must' by Elle Luna and the steps to fulfilling your dreams.

Two years ago, I had the idea to create a book club here at VanBerlo. Not because I'm a good reader, I'm terrible at reading! Together with my colleague Ivo Lamers, I founded the club because I have a hard time finishing books, even if they are interesting, I often miss the active part of reading. I love to share and discuss the story and themes within a book, so I needed to create a platform where I have sparring partners and can have lively, enriching discussions around the theory.

Yesterday I had another awesome VanBerlo Read & Think evening session with my passionate team. Over the last two weeks, we read the book 'The Crossroads of Should and Must' by Elle Luna, and it was time to sit down and share! The book is about finding and following your inner passion. Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must." “Should" is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must" is the thing we dream of doing, our heart's desire.

Esther Sprokholt – 'I think that trying new skills every month is a great way to stay inspired and do things in life that you enjoy. It is certainly something I will be adopting from now on'

Everyone picked their favourite page from the book and then explained what it was about the page, that inspired them and lead them to love the book. It was especially interesting to see that everyone came up with a different page. Needless to say, that lead to some dynamic discussion.

Sjoerd Hoyinck – 'Philosopher Gurdjieff once said that the first thing you need to know if you want to escape from prison is that you are in prison. Until you know that, no escape is possible. This is true of design; how can one think outside of the box if there is no box to comprehend'

We discussed different creative methods described in the book and used them to create simple tools that we could use in our daily life with our clients. a pleasant and functional mix of theory and practice.

To get closer to our true calling we need to be aware of the 'shoulds' in our life, to help our awareness, we wrote all the 'showstoppers' (should that distract us from the must) on paper collectively. Together, we then reviewed whether they were realistic, whether they are ones personal to us, or if they could in fact be 'shoulds' that can help us getting towards our 'must', our true dream. To close the session, we wrote down little things that we want to do to get further towards our musts, very functional, practical and personal things.

Han Toebast – 'I have decided to fit four old school chalkboards in my house for my family to write down the things they are learning that month. My first goal is to learn to create a great cappuccino.

Donald Merks – 'I've never actually asked my mum what it was that I liked to do as a kid, I'll call and ask tonight!'

Ivo Lamers – 'In order to achieve one of my most important personal musts; making my sons proud, apparently i should keep climbing the tops of trees with them!'

I'm still amazed by the enthusiasm of everyone and very thankful to be allowed to host such a fruitful and inspiring session. My personal favourite page was about a question that was posed to mythologist Joseph Campbell: 'Do you ever have the sense of…being helped by hidden hands?" If I were to answer it today, I would give a resounding yes, as otherwise this great session wouldn't have taken place without the previously unknown nuance and understanding we were able to generate as a group. We can't wait to see and share with you what literary journey we will next take with our VanBerlo book club.

To discover your shoulds and musts, click the link here.

Header Image by - Elle Luna

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