Mirror images

Mirror images

haunt my waking dreams

a cruel phantasm of existence

I see myself again and again

torn apart

cobbled together

a Frankenstein Monster

a mockery of life

just a semblance of what it is

to be Human

To be filled with life

To be whole

Only for these mirror images

to reflect back my truth

 

Open minded or simply ego driven?

Many of us, myself included, could do with expanding our views on a multitude of topics, opening up our minds to differing perspectives, if only to really understand why we hold certain views of our own, and of course to sometimes re-evaluate and change those views.

Unfortunately these days, I see many people accusing others of being close minded, chastising them because after that person listens to the others opinion and still does not agree, they are told to be more open minded.

There seems to be some confusion here; being open minded does NOT mean that you have to change your mind and agree with someone just because they tell your their opinion, even if they make good points. In most cases there is not one way to view a topic and so this struggle to force someone to agree with you is simply a case of wanting to feed your own ego to feel right.

To be open minded means to be receptive to others opinions, to have the capacity to listen and find common points of agreement within a subject but not to fully agree with someone at all times. Fundamentally the system of values we choose to run on is a complex machine and it cannot be in sync with every human being around us.

If you find yourself in a constant state of anger or irritation when debating others simply because no one agrees with you the way you want them to, then I suggest you rethink your strategy and perhaps focus more on what you can learn from others to expand your own viewpoints and not care whether you can turn someone to your side.

Life should be a celebration of difference, perhaps not all things are equal, and some in my view are quite horrible, but overall we have more in common to enjoy then to complain about.

 

Words worth hearing Vol.4

These are some lovely definitions created by that treasure trove of new words the dictionary of obscure sorrows. I have always been a huge fan and these are some of my favorites.

Ambedo

n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.

 

vellichor
n. the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time—filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

Truth telling

How honest are you willing to be?

One of the most painful experiences can be the telling of our truths as we see them.

Whether it’s telling a friend what we really think of their actions, or letting someone know about the bad things we did, telling the truth can be  amazingly uncomfortable.

But it can also be one of the most liberating moments as well.

Being honest about who we are, what we have done and what we think of others and the world can help you to develop your subconscious mind in a myriad of ways.

We hold things back from others starting at such an early age that it becomes routine to lie and lie some more, and this can chip away slowly at your soul.

Just letting go of those lies and being truthful in your life can alter so many things.

But you just need to take the leap and make that simple choice to be honest.

Truth can set you free.

Steady effort

When it comes to being in shape, consistency is key.

But too many people get caught up in the minutiae, creating programs and perfect 10 year visions of how they want to progress.

Now if you are someone who is a professional athlete this makes complete sense, but for the average  person getting bogged down in these things can be a huge mistake. The most important thing to getting in shape is just to do physical activity, and as I said earlier, do it consistently.

It doesn’t matter what it is, just do it every day and do it well. Walk, run, jump around, get your blood flowing and your muscles straining, and you will be a better, stronger human being as the years go by.

There is no secret sauce, just the miracle of steady effort.

What defines an artist?

What defines an artist?

Is it a single piece of work that touches millions, or is it the consistent grinding out of good quality content that keeps a core audience enraptured over decades?

I don’t think there is an answer to the question, but it’s something that has sparked my curiosity over the past few years, what really makes someone or something great?

One of my favorite art makers is Studio Ghibli, that mastermind of animated work that has spanned decades, creating in my mind what can only be described as visual masterpieces that even 20 years later still enrapture me with their riot of colors and heartwarming stories of growth and perseverance.

Ghibli works are not perfect, nothing is, but they touch my heart, and have touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Yet I still meet people every year who have never heard of Ghibli or any of its films, and look at me with a slightly puzzled look as I wax eloquently about how awesome they are.

No matter how amazing we think something is, there will always be someone who comes around and simply doesn’t think that what we love is anything special, much less worth taking the time to look at.

It’s that diversity of opinion that creates such a vast difference in the artistic work available to us. As people grow up and gravitate towards different aspects of culture and life, the work they produce becomes an amalgam of all these differing interests and gives us a huge swath of variety in the works produced.

So what some parts of society consider great work are laughed at by others as utter garbage not worthy of existence, it’s a sobering thought for those of us who work in any of the artistic fields since our egos tend to be quite sensitive to someone thinking our work is a piece of crap.

The world is full of everything and anything you can imagine these days, and I am quite happy to spend my days trying to create a space where people can laugh and cry and reminisce about their experiences through my work and the works of others I enjoy.

Especially Ghibli films, which are the most awesome and wonderful things ever and if you disagree you are obviously deranged.

Just saying.