Price We Pay

With the start of a new year, usually we are given more time to live with a certain level of optimism. 2016 doesn’t seem to be following the same pattern. I wonder why that is? Could it be that our continued denial of the fact that all is not right with the world is causing reality to want to teach us a harsh lesson? We talk of history as lessons we’ve learned, and yet our actions deny the knowledge. Acceptance of all that is seems to be the answer of the da(ys)ze. We are dazed from the continued thumping we get when we choose anything but the accepted path…the one that society tells us we must follow.

Or we can stray from the garden path – if you’ve been watching “The Magicians” on SyFy (no, I haven’t read the books yet, as I still hold the meaningful world of Harry Potter in high esteem). This series is starting a good talk with me, simply because it’s being told by people who are not part of the “accepted” or status quo (and I love fantasy so I will give any such storyline a chance to experience a little magic in my life). Here is a hero that we can all relate to in all of his broken potential. People who chose not to follow the norm are attempting to live without drowning out themselves. They understand the importance of being different, and that it’s much more than some cliche saying.

Think of all those articles you’ve read that try to help you to accept yourself if you’re not popular or “normal”. What do they all have in common? They try to build a narrative that allows us to fit our true selves within the construct of acceptance. We all crave to be accepted by someone, or we would never try so hard to build our relationships. It’s an integral part of nature, though even nature understands that growth requires change.

And then some book comes along that touts the norm and tries to discourage us from “being different” because that process wastes too much (like the one below – thanks again Reddit). These books are written and published by humans so you might want to take their advice with a barrel of salt, and question everything with a sense of humor (if possible).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I could think was…WOW, really? As I’ve never read this book because my SAT days are in the distant past (when I accepted its importance because I was too young to know better), I’m choosing to see the dark humor of their sarcasm. Once again, here’s the story about the fight for acceptance which is showing its ugly face in politics (which I truly despise). That this fight is at the forefront in politics is showing just how far our current form of morality (the so-called lifeblood of society) has receded from our beliefs. Rules have now taken the place of human intuition, and these rules are not something we should blindly accept as our only fact. When anyone tells you that we are a nation of laws, ask them what importance they place on such rules and why. If it is their guiding light, then you should probably ask further questions and be prepared for a long-winded argument about their beliefs. And if they claim that chaos does not have a place in this world, because order is the most important, then be prepared for a long battle because they think that they are in charge and won’t want to give that up. Remember…greed is a powerful thing.

Rules are the new price that we pay for not fighting the current condition of humankind. We have strayed from the lessons of old, as well as the ways of old. And I’m not talking about our recent forefathers, but those who brought mankind into enlightenment. Who saw that light and dark co-exist because they must in order to get the full story. Who understood that the battle of good and evil was never about choosing a side, but about accepting that we all carry a duality that is necessary for us to grow and learn. Who learned their lessons when simple actions like beliefs became ugly in their consequences and derailed the true progress of our potentials.

If you’re like me and are tired of the prices that we continue to pay by not fighting the established, then we need to laugh at the sarcasm that shows in the above text. Just as we need to help those who see a future that is much different from the present that we are all drowning in. The good guys are no longer as obvious as we once thought they were. Even our stories show that heroes such as Superman and other such warriors are not so clean-cut in their intentions. When intentions get strangled in human greed (and they somehow always do), then other heroes must take the place of the original. That logic shows us that there CAN be a hero in each one of us, and the potential is simply waiting to be discovered by us. Potential is our magic that just might build a wider and more colorful future.

Do we choose to be a hero because it brings us acceptance, or do we choose to become a hero because the world needs us to step up? That’s a question that only you can answer. But having a whole lot of heroes working together is what we all need if we want things to be different. Words are cheap, and there are a lot of words out there to swim through in order to find the right ones. Who we choose to be a temporary beacon of hope is important, if we want other heroes to show their actions for good possibilities. The price we pay can no longer be about chasing a shallow acceptance, when we’re all so different by a deeper design. Differences make possibilities come alive. Acceptance smothers possibilities so that creativity and innovation are controlled by the present. The future, for us and everything on this tiny world, requires that we change from belief to a possibility that can’t be caught by what we consider normal.

Take this from someone who has had to answer the question, WHAT ARE YOU, throughout her life. There are a a lot of you out there who know what I’m talking about. Do we want to change a system that only worries about checkboxes that label us incompletely, or do we finally build a new way that no longer worries so much about acceptance in its current context? No one should fit into a single checkbox!

…just saying

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Creativity Is Already High in 2016

 

Hey everyone – Happy New Year! Silence seemed the best way to start a new time when things are wonky. It helps provide a clean slate to start the creativity on a good note.

And then, you find your inspiration. And boy is this inspiring!!! A wonderful dad wanted to do something special for his daughter, and I’ve got to say that this is a thing of beauty. Who doesn’t want their own tree in their house, and this is an amazing take on a tree house that you can grow in every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats, palettes, and a full orchestral salute to randamshome for not only showing the power of love, but also sharing the power of imagination that will help his daughter live in the magic of creativity. If I had a tree in my house, I’d never leave it. It reminds us of the joy of play that we cherished when we were young – as well as helps us to reach for the stars. What an amazing, incredible gift! Take a bow, radamshome, because you’ve brightened all of our days with this creation of beauty.

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Voices…Just Beginning

We watch commercials that touch our hearts and remember how they made us feel. Most of these ads are done by well known ad agencies. But there are more voices out there, and some are just at the beginning of their journey into the world at large. I found this short on Reddit, and was amazed that this was done by students from the Filmakademie Baden-Würtenberg in Germany. The work is titled, Dear Brother, and will leave you in tears before its final note. If this is part of their demo, then I’m going to be amazed at what they come up with after some time immersed in the trials and tribulations of life. Atmosphere marries poetry, letting us wander through the tender moments of memories that last long after time evaporates.

Dorian und Daniel are already making their marks on the world, and  it looks like each one will be full of emotion and powerful storytelling. It sounds like this school has a tremendous history helping to create some amazing talents. It’s wonderful to see that the filmmakers of tomorrow still understand that the power of a story well told is the foundation to great works. We just need to get the message out to the rest of the world that creativity is something to be nurtured and respected without thinking about numbers and standings. Bravo to two creators for making such beautiful masterpieces that will stand the test of time, and best wishes for a long and creative future that fulfills you to the depth of your souls.

- As always, thanks Reddit for pointing me to such amazing talents when I need to see them the most!

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And A Creator Wins…

I’m in love with the works of Stjepan Sejic, an incredibly amazing talent who created a mind-blowing story, Death Vigil. Actually, you’ve probably seen his work everywhere including Angelus, Witchblade, Switch, Rat Queens, Sunstone, and so much more. In my mind, this Croatian master of character, story, and graphic majesty is among the best of the best in the comic world and should be celebrated with the top tier of comic creators.

So when I heard that his masterpiece about the world of death might not fly, I was devastated. Seriously, way too many big publishers continue to short-change their loyal readers in every writing industry and make it impossible for new talent to find their fanbase. Actually, I should say that I was a pissed that the status quo continues to win these creative “wars” by only pushing names that generate the almight $$. These industries completely miss the point of creation, which is not about profits…no matter what those at the top claim.

Well, today, I saw some amazing news that helped to bolster up a pretty crappy day considering the big loss in the music world. But when one force of magic disappears, another appears to take its place. And prove to us that the creative world is always teeming with genius, imagination and even more magic.

Behold the amazing news:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Loss….RIP Scott Weiland

Wow, it really hit hard when I saw the news this morning. We’ve had another loss of a big voice that grew with us: Scott Weiland of STP. He ran hard and lived large (maybe too large considering his many troubles during his time), and filled our souls with some amazing music.

The 90′s – especially the grunge scene – has always been my favorite in terms of such amazing music that helped me live through my early adulthood. It’s the base rhythm that has driven my soul to search for what makes it happy. And it had its share of tragedy in terms of those voices that left this world much too early.

May you RIP Scott Weiland. Thanks for creating the music that helped me grow and see the world more clearly. It’s a big loss we’re sharing. And to your family and friends: Condolences in your time of loss.

Here’s an amazing acoustic version of Plush (thanks Reddit for the share):

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Need A Push?

Sometimes, I need a push to remember why I want change in this world. Here’s one:

 

 

 

 

 

and if you’re still not sure, then:

 

 

 

…just saying

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Sympathies and Then…

I’ve been spending a lot of time crying for people I do not know in countries near and far. Time and time again, we humans show that we are capable of such cruelty. With each person that leaves before their time, we lose just a little bit more of our humanity. I am sick and tired of signing petitions that do little but make us feel good for the moment. And looking at our leadership around the world and in all sectors, it’s clear that empathy is not part of their DNA’s foundation but an afterthought. Why? How much more pain does the world have to go through before we understand that we are at the roots of all of our issues. It’s hard to come up with words, but I found that the Dalai Lama has managed to once again show us an important thought:

People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments. (source from Duetsche Welle and Reddit)

He may be talking about the terrorists’ most recent unimaginable actions in Paris, but it is far from the only place to be hit recently. And terrorists are not only those who use physical violence, but must also include those who use verbal and thought violence. There are far too many people in this world who love to label people for their own ease of existence, without taking into account respect for others. This hurts everyone! Frankly, I for one and sick and tired of hearing these people in the limelight. What will make them shut up, listen and learn for once? Politics is most definitely not the answer, and changing leadership does nothing when we refuse to acknowledge the broken system we all contribute to.

It’s hard to find an organization, cause, or message to support when each only sees themselves as being the primary focus and not the world at large. We need to stop the cycle of tunnel vision. The world is made up of many intricate parts, with much outside of the human influence. It’s about time that we come together to create something that contributes to the growth of life and not the stunting decimation of it.

If you are looking to a leader in the government or industry to give us the answer, then you’re looking at the wrong people. Go to a mirror and take a look at your reflection. Do you only see yourself, or can you see the bigger picture? The world is a very big place and we all have a part to play. Counting on a system to give you the answer is like being able to count the grains of sand on a beach.

But if we focus on the interconnectedness of the world in all of its glory, then we see that any small piece that goes missing starts to unravel the big picture.

My sympathies are with Parisians at home and abroad. But my sympathies are also with those countries who live this existence on a daily basis. My heart hurts so much and the tears just keep coming. But we need to move past sympathy and find solutions that will stop the violence from continuing on all fronts so that people will stop getting hurt. Terror comes in many forms and in many places, but they can be fought with the light, whether it is knowledge, love, or understanding.

We can’t wait for the next election, the next meeting, or the next poll to uncover the answer. By then, it may be too late to stop the destruction of humanity. And I’m not just talking about our species, but also our worth. The issues are many but they all tie together, just like humanity and this world. Why we refuse to see this all for the sake of short term gains is beyond me.

I want the hurt to stop for everyone, but we can only do this together and it won’t be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

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Close Your Eyes and Listen…An Amazing Cover

So, it’s been awhile and I hope that you all are doing well.

I just came across an amazing cover of Adele’s “Hello” from a Korean student with an incredible voice. Just close your eyes and listen because this is what true love sounds like. If you love something this much, then it shines through in ways that can be as inspiring as the original.

We spend so much time trying to figure out who created something first, but that isn’t always the most important lesson. What you take from each discovery and what you do with its inspiration is all yours, and when you share it with the world then you have gifted us all with something so precious and unique.

Don’t just keep grabbing everything for yourself. These creations aren’t meant to be owned by one person. Everything created has been inspired from something they’ve encountered somewhere else. The uniqueness is in how we interpret our own creation and send it out into the world to give it a life of its own. They’re meant to inspire what follows to take us a step further into the future. Fighting for a claim of your own misses the whole point of creating.

Listen to this amazing rendition because it will break your heart and build it up anew with its emotion:

- thanks to Reddit for this mind-blowing find. There is just so much talent in this world, isn’t there?!

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You Think They Don’t Understand You?

Did you really think that your little babies don’t understand what you’re saying? Maybe you even thought that you could get away with talking about certain things in front of them. Etienne Harris wanted to have a little love and conversation with his babies, and well, just take a look at what happened:

 

Their reactions to Daddy were just too hilarious. Guess they thought that they were in the clear after the initial love fest. Jeez, Reddit still manages to find some awesome clips of us living with our favorite family members. This one really ranks up there with some of the best! Ha ha.

You might want to rethink your conversations from now on.

Just saying…

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Support Is Always There…

Sometimes the world doesn’t notice when you drop out of sight, and it makes you wonder if you really are here. We’re always wondering about our reason of being, especially when that reason goes out of focus. It can happen when the world fights who you are, until you see yourself clearly once more.

For any creative person, The Reason tends to be the way it moves us because the feeling is just as important as the destination. It’s pretty impossible to make something that counts to you unless you feel it way down deep in your bones, because that’s what refills the well. But in the long run, the creation requires support to flourish.

Fly as high as you want...you have the support! (thanks to freestockphotos for this happy moment)

 

When we receive feedback, it sometimes makes us soar. And those times are when creatives thrive. The feelings we receive feed the well where our dreams are taking root, awaiting their own moment to grow. But there are other times when the words we hear can block us because they conflict with our innermost selves. How you overcome those darker moments will tell you how strong and deep the well goes.

There is little to fear, because those darker moments can also create a different type of emotion that is just as powerful as the light. Both light and dark make up a full day, and support those conflicting needs that live in us all. Those diverging creations you make will attract those like and not, which is what the muse desires. Just remember that support is always there, and sometimes it pops up even if you haven’t nurtured it as you should. Take the feeling that it creates and see where it takes you. It will definitely be somewhere special, because it pushed you just a little higher into the sky so that you see more of the world around you.

This is for you @jessenovels, who sees the world from a depth that makes you feel…more. Thanks for sending me that exhilarating breeze that took me to another height once again. The world just got a little brighter because my vision sees another new color and so much more.

Thanks, my friend!

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