Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Water In Hand

At the onset of 2018, I made a few adjustments: more exercise, more sleep, less beer, no Facebook.

So Far So Good!

The unfortunate part of growing old is no matter how many sit ups you do, you're gonna get fat. The wonderful thing about getting old is you learn to accept the things you cannot change.

Old struggles die hard, but you learn that the things you were concerned about fade away (and it's not that hard to let go).



There was a point in my life when my debates within social media devoured my time; understandable for a teenager but not a grown man. It is surprising how much better my life has become when I stopped arguing with people by burning the veil of social media.

Here are a few things that I've learned:

Music cures everything. EVERYTHING should be celebrated. Pals are important, irreplaceable and ever-available. Gossip is for girls. Girls are of the almighty power. Hanging your grief on a single instance is far less important than remembering your life's great achievements. People who act tough are crying for help. Those who tackle their problems usually succeed. Those who ignore elephants usually get sat upon.

In a moment's time, you can no longer hold your daughter's foot in your hand, better have a connection beyond the authoritative. When you least expect it, lessons come to you from people you'd assume unable to inform.

Life's greatest moments are undocumented.

We assume that by being at a desk or in-front of a computer that we are being productive. We tend to think that life can only be celebrated in a black tie. There may be a perception that success in the moment relies upon the outcome of any event.

Time Spent is Time Wasted!
At college orientation, a student asked if she should take the hard classes and get C's or take the easy classes and get A's....

Without missing a beat, the moderator responded:

Take the hard classes and get A's!

People will differentiate those who work hard from those who work smart and advise you figure out how to fit into the latter group.

I would advise that when you figure out how to work smart, you continue to work hard and get 10 times more done!


Looking Into Puddles
You won't regret the games you've lost. You will regret the way you responded to people in their moment of failure. People pledge resistance when they think the world is unfair.... the world is always unfair when looked upon from the eyes of he/she who has lost.

Trophies gather dusk, money can only buy so much, stress is a temporary reaction, and signatures that adorn letters in post-script are mere qualifiers.

Creativity is more important than certification.

Possessions only weigh you down.

If a day passes in which you have not made an effort to improve the life of another.... the day has lost it's Glory!

Be Glorious!

Don't Forget to Remember,

Dave

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Saint of Circumstance


For all intents and purposes, most may believe that 2017 was an exceptionally trying year. The political climate has bred contempt, frustration has created disagreement and turmoil seems ever-afoot.

I have found as life grows longer, so the edges get a little rounder, things don't appear so distinctly black and white. Our discontent can indeed give birth to hope. Our loneliness can create a network. The job we lost can create another. The person we strayed from can introduce us to another. The arguments will die, the frustration will subside and things we imagined important will cease to be.

We cannot always control the workings of the world but we are the masters of our perception and our attitude.

The Time We Stopped Arguing 
It's 2018 and Facebook is still a thing. I doubt it will live to see 2020. At some point, continually arguing one's point creates fatigue. Social Media is an evolutionary tool that has been wrought in negativity due to false empowerment. Our frustration will, however, birth optimism.

Maybe someone will create a social platform where only positive content is allowed. Maybe people will create it themselves.

There are a thousand trails to the field, we tend to walk one only to get to another without realizing the great expanse before us.

 

The Business of Art
People who make movies have to beg for funding. People who make music spend grueling hours in the studio, people who paint have pain-staking sessions of brow-furrowing. Even the beautiful things require work; not just discipline and labor but negotiation and excuse fielding.

There is no such thing as a perfect job. There will be wonderful people at horrible companies and horrible people at wonderful companies. Life's consistent element.....

PEOPLE

You can choose to embrace them but if you think you can do it alone you are mistaken.

The Art of Business
The intellectuals will poo poo anyone who enters the workplace in a button up shirt. The corporate population will write off the mindful as hippies. Neither are astute. I know accountants who are creative and yoga instructors who are assholes. There are CEOs who are thoughtful and hippies who are selfish.

I grew up with fortune and a family who loved me. Few are so lucky. That doesn't mean I don't bury my head in my hands every day.

PEOPLE

You don't have the love them but every element of your success relies upon them. Sure, it would be easier to cover up with headphones or pretend to be on a conference call your entire life. But, at some point, you'll have to engage.

More than subject matter expertise or slick talk, people are starved for common sense.

The good news is that it gets easier.

Your control of your life goals and your ability to ignore the insignificant are enhanced by the day. Unreasonable people become background noise and you learn to tend to those who deserve your time.

Don't waste another second debating those who seek to destroy because they have forgotten how to create.

Know that even your hobbies require focus and discipline.

There are artist everywhere who wish not the distinction of wearing paint spattered pants.

Don't Forget to Remember!

Dave