Introit. Never heard of it? Well neither had I, but Glen has a penchant for interesting, and often archaic words. I first started taking notice in 2017 when Crepuscular Rays came into our vocabulary. And it's become common practice to co-opt fascinating words for use in the hotshop.
Recently we've acquired Introit (sounds like in-troy). It's a religious word that comes from Latin for "entrance" and refers to the events leading up to the liturgy. In secular terms, it's the contemplative time before the start of something important. And that's where this word becomes unilaterally valuable. Introit gives a name, and therefore permission, to pause.
How Glen uses it.
You’ll find Glen using introit before he starts blowing glass. He’s sitting at the bench looking thoughtfully into the distance. He’s envisioning how the piece will be created, what each movement feels like, and how grace and beauty will unfold through his actions.
How you can use it.
Invoking introit is so simple! All you have to do is make a commitment to yourself. Next time something important is on your schedule, take 2 minutes before it to do nothing “traditionally productive”. Guard that time, Introit is powerful and prepares you to put your best foot forward. Don’t answer the phone, don’t try to do one more thing, politely decline conversation, “give me a moment, I’m just gathering my thoughts”. And then do just that. Take that time to envision how you’ll feel, the smoothness of your actions, the confidence of your words, the sense of accomplishment that comes from doing your best with the situation at hand. Envision you, positively, and then proceed confidently.
You will perform better, you’ll feel better, and you’ll be received better. You’re worth it.
Let us know how it goes.