I’m in Asheville, having bought a ticket to Mastin Kipp’s book tour event happening tomorrow night. For those of you who haven’t heard of Mastin Kipp, he is founder of the Daily Love and author of what I’m sure is going to be a best selling book, Growing into Grace. In many ways he is a role model for what I have dreamed of doing: improving the life of others in a big way.
Mastin is considered the leader of a new generation. He is in his early 30’s and his writings are full of authentic spiritual new age wisdom with a whole lot of love mixed in. He joins (or is joined by) other up and coming “young” spiritual vanguards such as Kris Carr and Gabrielle Bernstein.
Interestingly enough, I am NOT Mastin Kipps target audience. Not by a long shot. Of course I might be surprised when I show up at Malaprops bookstore to hear him speak tomorrow, but I suspect I’ll be one of the oldest people there.
I used to say I wanted to be the next Wayne Dyer. For most people in the self-help field, Wayne Dyer is a well known name. He is an internationally best-selling author of more than 30 books and a highly-sought after motivational speaker. And it is Mastin Kipp who is on track to be the next Wayne Dyer.
I’d venture to guess Mastin Kipp is wise enough to say he doesn’t want to be Wayne Dyer. Just as I’m finally waking up enough to know I don’t want to be him either. Nor do I want to be Mastin Kipp. No, I want to be Shannon Crane.
Wow, really. Guess what? I already AM Shannon Crane.
I spent a lot of time thinking about what I have to add to the world of discourse that isn’t already out there. How is my message unique? In other words, why would anyone want to listen to Shannon Crane?
The end result of all that questioning was this: the world needs as many of us out here sharing from our heart as it can get. The messages that Mastin Kipp shares in his daily blog are the same messages I’ve been reading in other new age and self help books. My message isn’t really any different either. Nope, nothing incredibly unique here.
But, you know what? We need as many reminders as we can get to live a life of gratitude, grace and love. And we need as many people out here reminding us as there are people. Imagine if everyone you met shared themselves with the same depth, honesty and heart-felt meaning as Mastin Kipp, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch … and Shannon Crane.
Oh what a wonderful world it would be …