Thought of the Day – May 22, 2008

Today, like every other day,
We wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study
And start reading.
Take down the dulcimer.
Let the beauty we love
Be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways
To kneel and kiss the ground.
– Rumi 13th Century Sufi Poet

What I am getting from this poem is to live what I love and pursue my authentic path. Don’t die, as Wayne Dyer says… “with your music still in you.” Express yourself authentically not only in what you do, but in what you say and in who you ARE. Let your essence shine thru and BE who you were meant to be.

I get that this is easier said then done. Circumstances, negative people & the daily grind of life keeps me in the “study” away from life, in my head. But allowing my authentic self to be expressed provides more joy in life for me then staying in my head. Every day – damn – every moment I have this choice.

And I get to choose what that moment will be like.

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Your Local Pirate Supply Store

I love this idea! A Pirate Supply Store with an ulterior motive… A tutoring/ mentoring/ publishing center where kids can have one-on-one attention and find an outlet for their creativity & self-expression.

As Dave Eggers explains, one-on-one attention in getting homework done makes a happy kid. The kids have extra time to go home and enjoy time with their family, making for a happy family. Happy families create a happy community; several happy communities makes a happy world…

As Eggers jokes :

“The key to it all is homework…”

One-on-one attention & complete devotion to “turning on the switch” in the kids.

I have always wanted to have an architectural office that was more then just an office. Many architects have a basketball hoop to ignite the “creative spark” or a field trip to Disney to “get inspired.” These idea were great, and did caused a friendly, creative atmosphere, but was not enough for me.

My dream is to ignite the artistic spark in kids. Nowadays, public schools are eliminating art programs & the creative spark in kids is flickering. Many kids do not have art classes at school anymore. In my field, new job candidates have great technical abilities, but artistically many are lacking. Some of them cannot visualize a 3-D image in their head (this is basic training in architecture school) – they rely on the computer to do it. Nobody draws on the ‘board’ anymore.

To me this is sad! The best part of designing is putting pencil on paper & channeling the ideas stuck in my head thru the pencil, onto the paper. Then seeing those ideas become something real is powerful!

So this video got me thinking. What about a tutoring/art center AND an architect/ Artist studio that helps kids do their homework while teaching them art side-by-side with architects/ artists who are doing it right now! Imagine the amount of self-expression that can happen? That really would inspire me to go to work every morning!

As a kid I always visualized myself one day working side by side with great architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, or artists like Picasso. “One day I will do that!” And I was lucky enough to sit with Robert Venturi for a few hours.

Well, how about that day being real RIGHT now for a kid.

Eggers, in his TED wish says… “The kids need you.. take the lead in partnering with the schools… Some kids just plain do not know how good they are… you can tell them. Shine that light on them – one human interaction at a time.”

His website challenges us to shine that light on the kids in our own community.

The average students knows his teacher has to help with his schoolwork, and he knows his parents have to help. But there’s something very new and transformative about meeting a member of the community — a professional journalist, a radio disc jockey, a graduate student, an advertising copywriter, a software developer, a retired lawyer — and have that person give them 2-3 hours of undivided attention. Almost without exception, student achievement and understanding leaps when they are given this concentrated one-on-one attention.”

Eggers’ wish is for the community to create & submit 1,000 ideas & projects that support the kids in their local public schools.

But the way I see it, he is really challenging us to live our dreams & to help kids live their dreams through “transformational interactions.”

What is your dream…

Share it with the world.

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Good Morning…

Good Morning, May Light, Love & Peace be with you!

Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken

Every morning I wake up with thoughts of what I have to deal with on this upcoming day. Sometimes they are positive things, but most of the times I do not wake up empowered. But my day will be what I say it will be. If I wake up and state “this day sucks already” – it will. But if I create a conversation that my day will be empowering, then it will be & I have a context to make it so.

So this morning my little voice is saying “today sucks already,” BUT I choose to not listen & I will make it powerful

So Good Morning! May Light, Love & Peace be with you!

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Thought of the Day – May 16, 2008

“Don’t be afraid of the space between your
dreams and reality. If you can dream it,
you can make it so.”
– Belva Davis

Today I got a belated birthday surprise. My niece sings in a chorus & she calls with an odd greeting, no hi no small talk, just “you have a few minutes?” When I said yes, I hear her start singing happy birthday to me. Then all of a sudden her whole chorus starts singing.

WOW I was left speechless!!!

I have never had a whole chorus sing to me! I had tears of joy running down my face. I felt honored & humbled. She is livng her dream. There is no gap between her reality & her dreams.

I admire that!!

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