Friday, September 9, 2016

Bowing to others is bowing to yourself

Spend a day looking for the good in everyone you encounter as if watching a sunrise over the ocean for the first time.
You can bow to others with a smile from your eyes, holding the door for them, or giving them your undivided attention.

When you bow to others you bow to yourself... because are are all part of the same one thing, what we call "universe".

Friday, September 2, 2016

Multiple Communities

I have two pictures and two thoughts for this Friday 9/2

I’m just a few hours into my vacation at my summer home.  My neighbor, Colonel Cal Phillips Retired, stopped in to see me.  I didn’t get to see him the last time I was up so we both enjoyed catching up and making plans for a sundowner.  Before he left, he mentioned that his internet wasn’t working and would I mind if he used my WiFi connection.  Of course I wouldn’t mind, I would do anything for that guy… Then he wondered if I could come over and get it working on his laptop for him.   ?
** We belong to multiple communities, work, home, vacation, planet….  I really enjoy that.

My second story (and picture) was from my quick shopping trip to the store at the town next to me.  I was sorta stuck in line while the cashier and the customer exchanged their favorite recipes.  The conversation then turned to how good the New Mexico green chili is this year (it really is the best).  About that time, another cashier came over to get me.
** Before I got too perturbed (I wanted to get home), I realized that this is really the way things are supposed to be.  We rush from meeting to meeting, then soccer, then dinner, then to the store…

Enjoy your weekend, immerse yourself in your community, and slow down.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

“Enjoy the Process” -- What I Learned From an Urban Sketcher

Some of my creative outlets are photography, writing, researching, and ideation.  Sometimes, in photography, or when writing, I can be in too much of a hurry to reach the end result.  The same goes for technical work, projects etc.

All the while, forgetting to “enjoy the process”.

I was out photographing a barn a few weeks ago in the high country of Arizona with an “Urban Sketcher”.  I’ve photographed it several times over the years but had a different vision of the outcome for this trip.  She relayed that she often needs to coach herself to “enjoy the process” when she’s doing something that isn’t as much fun while sketching.  I think we also need to combine this with patience.

How often do we forget to “enjoy the process” at work?  Whether it’s project management, working through a difficult meeting or creating a presentation.  If you pause and remind yourself to “enjoy the process” (and I hope you do), you’ll achieve better results and go home with a smile.

The first photo (click on them for a larger version) at the beginning is the subject of the article as well as a work in progress, the b&w shows how is how patience is rewarded by just letting the sun set and enjoying the moment.

Chris Claborne

Saturday, May 14, 2016

On impermanence

Teilhard de Chardin had this to say about Dave Rahm's aerobatic performances in his biplane.

"Rahm’s plane shed a ribbon in space, a ribbon whose end unraveled in memory while its beginning unfurled as surprise. "

I don't think there's any better example of him per minutes then an air show.