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Greatest Fear…

24 May

Perhaps my favorite quote of all time:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  ~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” 1992 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech

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Hiatus & Time

4 May

I know the past 2 weeks I have not been blogging because I have been busy. In truth it’s really a lack of discipline and focus on my part, which in turn I blame on a shortage of free minutes during the day. However, I am back and have much to share. Thank you for sticking with me!  I will do my best to provide daily (or for some of you weekly) work place fodder and trivial vantage points.

I guess the subject matter here is time. We often never have enough or misuse our time on “meaningless” things. The rhetorical question I pose to you is, why is there never enough time? Everyday, there are many things at the forefront of our agendas that are left unaccomplished,  yet somehow we can identify intervals of time that are spent doing nothing. It’s quite the conundrum and if you have the solution please share.  The time we have on this planet is limited, so perhaps the question to ask is, how can one make best use of the that time? Conversely, why do people look forward to “downtime” or “idleness”? Which in turns makes me ask, is time really the issue or is purpose the real subject in question? Before I take a walk down that path, I’ll let you catch up to logic of my useless rant.  Hurry up and do so, because time is fleeting and its more than evasive.

Elderly Crusade

16 Mar

From a David Brooks column in the NY Times:

“The research paints a comforting picture. And the nicest part is that virtue is rewarded. One of the keys to healthy aging is what George Vaillant of Harvard calls “generativity” — providing for future generations. Seniors who perform service for the young have more positive lives and better marriages than those who don’t. As Vaillant writes in his book “Aging Well,” “Biology flows downhill.” We are naturally inclined to serve those who come after and thrive when performing that role.

The odd thing is that when you turn to political life, we are living in an age of reverse-generativity. Far from serving the young, the old are now taking from them. First, they are taking money. According to Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institution, the federal government now spends $7 on the elderly for each $1 it spends on children.

Second, they are taking freedom. In 2009, for the first time in American history, every single penny of federal tax revenue went to pay for mandatory spending programs, according to Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute. As more money goes to pay off promises made mostly to the old, the young have less control.

Third, they are taking opportunity. For decades, federal spending has hovered around 20 percent of G.D.P. By 2019, it is forecast to be at 25 percent and rising. The higher tax rates implied by that spending will mean less growth and fewer opportunities. Already, pension costs in many states are squeezing education spending.”

In other words my friends elders are still in the drivers seat of this country.

Our deepest fear

8 Mar

One of my favorite quotes

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Used by Nelson Mandela in 1994 inaugural speech, orginally from Maryanne Williamson

How To Make It In America

7 Mar

This new show on HBO is fantastic & captures the aspect of NYC that is often missed. Most people associate images of Wall Street, Broadway, Fashion, and Music to NYC, yet they forget the millions of dreamers who are here and trying to make an idea work. This show depicts a resourceful, street-smart, moxie, and fortitude shared by most New Yorkers.

Even better is the theme song, “I Need Dollars” by Aloe Blacc”  a soulful and musical gift.

Garden of Peace

3 Mar

One of the most beautiful and sampled tracks ever is “Garden of Peace” by Lonnie Liston Smith.  It’s a simple 7 chord piano rift that captures a moment of tranquility moreover the melody is oh so enchanting & alluring.

It has famously been sampled by Jay-Z in the song “Dead Presidents II” on his critically acclaimed debut album Reasonable Doubt. The chord equally reverberates on this track because the loop humanizes an often harsh pursuit of street wealth with a soft melody, while the lyrics provide a vivid backdrop of street fables for a few stacks. The irony is that the jazz artist was trying to evoke the feeling of a tranquil place, while the rapper was trying arrive at his peaceful garden through hyper aggression & uncouth behavior. I guess we can peacefully listen to reckless ghetto discord all together in a nice harmony.

Hello World

1 Mar

"A Star is Born"

An idea has been given life… After much prodding & encouragement from friends & peers a like, it finally has happened. With humility I thank you & hope you encourage me to become a thought king. This blog begins my submission to inner thoughts that are often kept myself. My views & perspectives will hopefully add value to your daily life. The goal is to “keep it 100,” funky, fresh, perverse, & honest. More importantly I hope deeper conversation stems from my entries. Perhaps you will begin to understand me more or maybe I might change the trajectory of your decision making. With that being said, sit back & enjoy. Your commentary and feedback are welcome. “You could anywhere else in the world, but I’m glad you’re hear with me”