Sinecure: What a startling and empowering word!
Discovering a precise term like 'sinecure' is like discovering a light switch that illuminates a room you didn't know you had. Looking in, you find all the socks lost in the laundry there! And the sweater you misplaced last Spring. In fact, you discover that this is *THE* room where all the things have come to hide.
A 'sinecure,' as Seth Godin taught me to use the term, is simply a psychological hiding place. It is the magically invisible room where you imperceptibly slough off the things that scare you:
• The brilliant idea occurring at the (thank goodness!) inconvenient time.
• The 3" x 5" card that carried the scribbles you used to really clarify your goals that one week.
• The phone number for the girl you should have called.
It's all there, safely hidden in the memory hole. Undisturbed. Your sinecure.
But now everything's off - because you've named it. You've discovered this place of forgetfulness. You switched on the light, and the room...is real. It's magical, certainly - but it's also real. And now, you can account for it.
Your sinecure, like mine, is the place where your mediocrity silently throbs in the dark. The place where your greatness goes into immediate retirement, safe from the elements. It holds all your sleeping dreams. Shh.
Having found it, having named it, even - What will you do? This dark magic at your fingers. Can you become its master?