Monthly Archives: January 2014

What The Sunrise Said

What happens when the arts, a poetic experience, and the metaphor of music become the backbone of our lives, our families, and our economy?

I think only the future holds this answer, but it’s our role to move into the question and become the answer as the future unfolds.

You have a canvas. This canvas we speak of is your life. If you can, splash it with colors of joy, bravery, and whimsy…shadow it with purpose, meaning, and fullfilment…frame it with hope.

You have a stage. This stage is your business or your place to make change. And on that stage you probably have a phone that is a radio, that is a media company, that is the pony express, and that is your microphone and gateway to the world.

You have some sort of family…be it through blood or relationship. It’s your job to provide its theme.

This place is becoming less and less about science and arithmetic and more and more about the arts, music, and poetry.

This is what the sunrise has been trying to get us to hear.

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Unplugged From the Ether

Approximately 90% of 4 years old have test results that show them to be creative. Just 1000 days later in their life, once they are at 7 years of age, this same group only shows to have 4% that show signs of a knack for creativity.

How does this happen?

Someone told them so. Someone told them to color within the lines. Someone told them to stay in line. Someone pulled the plug that, literally, they were born with.

There’s a reason a gold medal in passing exams doesn’t equate to a better world, healthy economies, and job growth.

One would have to believe that with these statistics it is safe to assume that probably only 1 in 100 after the age of 18 approach their days with the lense of creativity.

Leaders, parents, teachers, mentors, and coaches…If you can do one thing today, please plug your people back into the ether.

Will You Introduce Us?

We bestow the titles of mentor and, sometimes, hero to those that introduce us to the unknown, the unseen, and more appropriately – the overlooked. They introduce us to what would have no name and what would have never been noticed if we weren’t to have had them explain, reveal, or shine a light for us on the subject matter.

This introducing the world to what one sees, I believe, is one of life’s highest callings.

Paul Valery once said, “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.”

What do you see?

Or, what have you seen that you have kept to yourself? Hint: That was for us as much as it was for you.

We need your enlightenment. It’s a major part of why you are here.

If seeing isn’t your thing or you claim you “can’t” see, know that you would be hard pressed to find one inch of this world that isn’t pregnant with meaning.

I believe that you must exist with eager anticipation that the expectant world is screaming to be introduced to us all through you.

Will you introduce us?

This place is one big game of ‘I Spy’.

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The Point

“But tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than the present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.” Alan W. Watts

This moment is the point.

This hour holds the point.

And the next hour will hold its own point.

Moment to moment, connection to connection, conversation to conversation, hand to hand, and soul to soul….to be IN and to be ONE with our moments is the point.

All of your experiences thus far point directly to this reality:  You were meant and created to make your music right now.

There’s a billion points the world will convince to bet the farm on, but there’s truly only one to go all in on: your music.

Let it play.

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An Inward Look At Your Outlook

Show me your outlook and I’ll show you your forecast.

Show me your forecast and I’ll show you the weather you’ll walk in tomorrow.

So be careful with what you think and speak…most of it, in some form, will come true.

Alas, in between our ears is the one place we can control the weather.

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