Archive for January, 2011

January 18, 2011

A Smile Worth Sharing

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.

– Peyton Conway March

January 18, 2011

Midnight Contemplations of an Art Lover

We do what we love.  We do what we are.  It seems pretty simple.  But surrounding our intuitive and at times spontaneous actions as artists, we are all eventually forced to come face to face with perplexing questions.  Because our art matters so much to us, issues that surround it really matter to us too.  What are we aiming to create?  What are we contributing to?  What is the validity of our limitations?  Where does innovation lie in place of tradition and vice versa?  Who are we reaching out to?  Why does our art matter?  How can we sustain our various art forms?  …

Personally, I’m able to capture glimpses of answers to these questions in random moments, whether they come to me instantaneously or through years of steady reinforcement.  At the same time, I am also learning to be at ease with the fact that even an entire lifetime may not be enough to be able to answer some of these questions.

Whether we speak out into the world through spoken words, abstract sounds, movement through space, or shapes and colors, we are all creators and interpreters of imagination.  Collaborating with other artists beyond my particular discipline has made me realize the importance of being ambassadors in the arts — to different communities, in terms of geographical region, social division, and also artistic discipline.  I’ve been thinking about this more and more lately.  There is definitely more room for an increase of support and cross pollination between the different art forms.

Just some thoughts.  At the end of the day, though, I guess what really matters is that we still do what we do, and that we continue to celebrate our love for it.

January 7, 2011

Cooling Off

When I’m stressed, I like to look at water.  On this particular day, this view of the Hudson River helped cool my head and relieve some built up tension.

January 5, 2011

Letting Go and Starting Anew

At the beginning of each new year, many decide to start fresh again, make resolutions for the new year, and prepare themselves for a successful year.  I do the same, except for the new years resolutions part.  I find it almost unnecessary to do so because, well, new year’s resolutions are never really resolved.  This is a fact that most people are familiar with or have experienced for themselves time after time again.  For resolutions, I find that we’re probably better off making a really simple, watered-down version of an improvement we want to make in our lives or about ourselves for each new day.  This is hard enough, so…you get the point.

The start of a new year, or in this year’s case, the start of a new decade, is a once-in-a-year/decade opportunity to clean out any baggage that has been dragging us down.  Whether it’s memories of tragedy, disappointment in failure, grief over loss, grudge against foe, or distress about issues, now is a good time to let go, forgive, and walk away.  You can’t really clean out a bowl of dirty water without emptying out the dirty water first.  Don’t fall for the temptation to, for instance, add something like colored water to disguise what was contaminating the water before, because then you’ll just get…dirty colored water.  You get the point.

Happy New Year.  I wish you all a good one.