Via questlove on Instagram:
“Lessons we can learn. Kanye declares it (albeit in a kanyesque way) and so it is. When you watch #TheRoadToOffTheWall you will also be amazed at the number of manifestos that #MJ wrote to himself that manifested. This is a note that #OctaviaButler wrote to herself: as motivation and as mission statement. Don’t get me wrong: you can’t be all “imma be a billionar–actually wishing for the “prize” or “the life” or “the reward” is (imo) the wrong path. TRUE fulfillment is the joy of the task at hand (i.e. I love playing records so much I do it for 5 bucks or 500,000 bucks, or free thousand bucks)—anywho point is if you manifest being the best quarterback ever, then you better put in those prep hours to make it happen (be in shape, eat and live in good health, train longer and harder than your team does, proper rest, mentally prepare for high altitude games, sub 0 weather games, study the greats, running, plays, plan b plays, everything!) not just say “imma be the best quarterback!!”—this is anyjob: all you designers should know every aspect: science of colors. Math for measurement. Types of material and where they come from—not just you glance through Vogue every 13 days and you can name drop a designer or two—you gotta DO THE WORK. Even when you think it’s thankless. Use this note as motivation. Know your craft. And immerse yourself in the craft. THATS when the reward comes. Don’t chase the “reward” chase and catch the dream. Then it comes. Signing off #16JobsMon”
The beauty of feeling excited by new things, projects, adventures, ideas, breakfasts, while at the same time other things fall apart, get swept away, crumble, go bye bye, or just feel totally and completely fouled up and mean and nasty and demoralizing. The little spark of life, you guys. The people by your side and at your back. Recognizing bad and selfish behavior from others for exactly what it is, and taking away from it a lesson in how never, ever, to act or to treat others or to be, because all we control is ourselves (and barely that some days, am I right or am I right). That’s the ticket people! Life is a constant cycle of passings and rebirths, small ones and large ones, and learning to go with that flow is the hardest lesson, and a constant lesson. Recognizing it, knowing it is true viscerally, trying to grab on to it to never forget, falling apart, forgetting, then remembering, then grasping, then forgetting, then seeing, grasping. Try to remember. Trust, trust, trust.
Photo by yours truly at the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, Grace Cathedral, January 2016.
“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”
–Edgar Allen Poe
The quote is from a bleak little tale called Berenice, but I love it for my own purposes and as a little reminder not to waste too much of my time convincing others, but to put my head down and do the work as I see fit.
You can read the whole story here if you are so inclined.
The art is by Shyyboyy, and was found on Deviant Art.
Rain steadily falls
As we listen, read and dream
And the cat meows.
This seems like the perfect way to, erm, christen my new blog. Welcome!
Click to watch (via the Sacramento Bee):
Video: Man sees image of the devil in his driveway