Monthly Archives: January 2013

Half full or Half empty and then there are the Spillovers

Is it half full or half empty? No matter which one you choose, one thing is certain – half-hearted goes unnoticed.

Then there are the Spillovers…the one’s that constantly hunt for new instruments to write, create, and produce their music. They fill themselves to the brim with awareness, insight, tools, truth, and the new. We follow, love, remember, and share these spillovers.

I’m 30,000 feet in airplane right now…moving at 500 mph…and specifically thinking this thought while looking down – there’s too much to take in during our time here to just be filled to the middle.

Think. Dwell. Respond. Read. Reread. Revisit. Connect. Learn. Love. Do. Create. Expose. Paint. Sing. Spillover. We gladly will soak up your mess.

May your cup runneth over.

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This one never gets old…

“The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.” Oliver Wendell Holmes


Finish Lines and Fights Without A Winner

Today I celebrate my 10,950th sunrise on planet Earth.

Here’s a quick rant and recap of what I’ve found (or what’s found me) in these sunrises….

Before age 22 everything is about the finish line: finish your veggies, finish your paper, finish studying, finish high school, finish college, finish your resume, etc.

And while all these things can be finished…they still leave us longing for more. I believe the longing comes from not being responsible for the start of what you were asked to finish. The veggies were forced (for good reason of course), as was the test, the paper, school, and probably the resume. None of this was our idea, so when they were finished we were…well…finished…and finished does not necessarily translate into satisfied or fulfilled when it is something you didn’t think to start.

Perhaps it is simply permission to start something that our youth needs – not necessarily the “opportunity.”

Today I’ve found that what I’m truly after doesn’t have a finish line and every day in this pursuit feels as though it’s day one. To be able to write, understand, and speak this is richness found in my life.

I don’t want to finish growing, being a father, being a husband, or being a thought leader…a finish line is the furthest thing from my mind in regards to these pursuits.

If you’ve never been given permission to start…consider this your invitation.

Secondly, two years ago I began to learn and study things that truly excited me. Things like high performance, building things with meaning, living at your full potential, and living a great story.

I’ve found for all these things to happen there’s a fight.

We fight for experience against resistance with intention.

We fight for connection against resistance with soul.

We fight for awareness against resistance with focus.

Nevertheless, this is a fight that never ends…we can only hope to contain the resistance that blocks our efforts for experience, connection, awareness, meaning, and hope.

In all reality, resistance makes all of these things worth the pursuit…so either welcome him to the ring or don’t be shocked when he arrives.

Forget the finish line and fight the fight tooth and nail.

For me, this is what 30 looks like.

PS – This is a rant – and should not be graded with a gramatical lens.

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Paralyzed: To make unable to move or act due to:

  • previous experiences
  • pretending/acting
  • shame
  • fear
  • what if?
  • what will they say?
  • what if I fail?
  • what if something bad happens?

Give in to just one of these and you run the risk of pulling the pen for the grenade on your thing, idea, service, product, art, or music.

Don’t look backwards and careful with the questions you ask yourself. Sure you can connect the dots looking backwards, but we’re all wanting help connecting the hidden dots of what lies ahead of us.

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