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Beginning the craft

I've been thinking a lot about my goals. I typically write down all that I want to accomplish in the upcoming quarter - three months is a good guideline for me. And most of those goals are tied to me - not to things I want, but things I want to do.  They require action.

Take writing and posting every day (yes, I've test driven this concept and I'm gonna do it this quarter) or building my photographic body of work (it's important to me).... They require me to do something. To go beyond wishful thinking.

Developing a side project, helping a favorite non-profit tell thei story... Takes time to craft. And that's maybe the key/secret sauce/cornerstone to accomplishment. Aligning, writing, analyzing mean nothing if you don't take the time to craft. 

Butt in chair, pen in hand, camera at the ready... Time to begin the craft. 

respect the instinct

Back to school, things anew, fall crispness - oh September, how I love you. I clean, reorganize, and, of course, I shop for new "school" clothes. This year, I found myself honing in on the classics with a slight twist. Pieces that are beautifully made and worth every penny. The things that will never go out of style.

 

And while I was standing in the dressing room, gauging the fit of a certain jacket, it occurred to me - If it fits and you love it… you cherish it. And aren't all the things we acquire in our lives, particularly the people and the experiences, the same?


There are certain things worth investing in and then there are things that can be replaced. Anything that represents you, that melds into your character is not a one off. It's an investment. Looking at it for a while, sleeping on it, checking it out in the three-way mirror might be necessary.


But certainty - the gut level certainty - often comes in an instant. We know it when we see it, we feel it in our core and as Danielle LaPorte would say - if it's not a hell yes, than it's a no. It doesn't take a three-way mirror to tell if its the right soul fit. But if you're anything like me, sometimes you find yourself questioning that innate level of certainty. And yet, isn't that where we should trust ourselves the most?

 

Every decision I have made with my gut - the ones where I just knew it was right - have  always been, well… right. Those gut instinct decisions have always yielded incredible friendships, opportunities, strength and love. Always love.


That bullseye, straight on gut instinct, the one that yields love, is what it's all about - that and an amazing pair of shoes!

locard's principle, revisited

Dr. Edmond Locardwas a pioneer in forensic science. He formulated this most basic principle of forensic science (and of life): "Every contact leaves a trace". Every television show, movie and book about crime scene investigation relies (heavily, in fact) on this principle. A criminal simultaneously takes a piece of the crime scene and leaves a piece of himself during the act as any part-time devotee of Law and Order or CSI knows.

And so it is with all of human interaction.

We are touched, often deeply, by the humans we acquire during a lifetime. I say acquire, because sometimes their arrival is arbitrary and sometimes it is quite deliberate. Our network, neighborhood, family, peeps or just plain friends, teach us, train us and often lead us. 

Many times we are better for it. Sometimes not so much. Leaving a bit behind and taking a bit with us can be painful. Or even perhaps pleasurable when we recognize how much we helped someone grow.

Over the past few months, I've noticed (deeply so) that a few of my deepest relationships have left more than just a trace in my life. And I in their's. And likewise, I have taken, sometimes liberally, from those who have become a part of my scene.

I hope that never changes.