“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” - Walt Whitman.
#Considering contrast and contradiction this week...Do you ever deny yourself what you really want, merely because you fear stepping out of alignment with something you said way back when? Have you labelled yourself with stifling and stagnant standards that need to be softened, releasing you from the ties of being only ‘this type of person’ or ‘that type of person?’
It is important for one to be a man of his word, but we must sometimes acknowledge that what worked for us yesterday might not work for us tomorrow.
You are not the same person when you wake as when you go to bed - having been impressed and influenced by whatever scenes unfolded in between those hours.
Travel, and daily life experience in general, can often bring us obvious contrast points so we can become aware of where we are staying stuck. As we wax and wane with the times perhaps we can learn to be ok with our needs as they arise...Ones familiar or unfamiliar, old and comfortable or entirely new. There is room for all of them.
You are not fickle, you are simply moving on.
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Great Greek poet Nikiforos Vrettakos wrote with the sincere and gentle voice many writers fail to master. However, as he would mainly cover the natural world, humble observations, and the beauty in feelings such as love & peace, he was criticised for being a ‘simplistic poet.’ Defending the bones of his work, Nikiforos said in a 1988 interview “unfortunately there are times when one becomes simplistic just by speaking the truth….”
#Considering simplicity this week: how often do we self sabotage our own lives and forfeit the option to exist with greater clarity all because we believe things shouldn't be this easy? How often do we reject rest and care because we feel we don’t deserve it or “it’s lazy.” Do we over-complicate or over-intellectualise things that are really very simple - glorifying the struggle and wearing busyness like a badge of honour?
As a society we’ve come to worship the complex life that is squished to the seams with stimulation, responsibilities and possessions, believing these will take us one step closer to the ‘someday soon’ way of life that feels more like the one we crave.
Returning to the thoughts of Vrettakos, perhaps we might stumble upon some obvious ‘truths’ this week, and just be there with them. And each time we feel they are far too simple to be meaningful, to have a think about how some of the biggest mysteries around us are really very uncomplicated at their core.
Image: Vertical Constellation with Bomb, 1943, by intricate simplicity master Alexander Calder.
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#Considering youth and influence this week:
We place a lot of emphasis on the education and intellect of our children, believing we know best what their skills are suited to and where their future ought to be headed.
But have we ever stopped to think of the many ways they are teaching us?
Artist Stacia Tauscher once poignantly said “we worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
The littlies in our lives approach things with freedom of thought and unrestricted expression, which we often put down to immaturity. We declare ‘they will soon grow out of it’ and go on to mould them into the individuals we deem necessary for a better world. Yet, the desperate lack of connection of the adult population shows this system is broken. To play and be silly is to honour our deepest needs. To celebrate our children and meet them in all their surprising ways is to plow the ground for the future we long for.
Albert Einstein didn’t speak fluently until age 9, and teachers told him he was slow, expelling him from school for his rebellious nature. He went on to revolutionise our world. A young Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything.” He went on to invent the very thing we now use to illuminate the pages we learn from.
John Lennon was asked in school to answer the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ To which he replied ‘happy.’ The teacher told him he didn’t understand the assignment. He went on to teach exactly that: the message of virtue that is so often overshadowed by academia, but of no less importance.
Today we look to beacons like @gretathunberg - showing us that noone is too small to make a difference 💪🏼
Image: Jim Miller-Melberg’s play sculpture.
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Stunning calls to rally mass support can be witnessed throughout the natural world. On a very micro level, signals are being transmitted between many species, not just between humans, to make sure each member of their colony remains safe and sound...When a guard honey bee leaves the entrance of a hive to sting an intruder, it’s stinger actually releases a pheromone (which oddly smells of bananas 🍌) that informs all others inside the hive to come out and continue the attack in defence of each other, and their home. A similar group response has also been observed in the forest - in his book ‘The hidden life of trees,’ Peter Wohlleben explains how Beech trees often share resources, synchronising their performance so they can all be equally as successful. This friendship between the trees sees them exchange nutrients through their roots - if one is running short he gets the help, whoever has surplus does the lending ~
Considering unity and support in numbers this week: who in your life has boldly defended your personal cause lately, be it in a big way or a small way, through words spoken or actions carried out? How can you offer up this same kind of support for those who are more marginalised or more frequently attacked for theirs? Can you fix your attention on the privilege of belonging to a community this week, whatever that may be, by looking for ways to celebrate ‘your people’ with arms wide open and willing to support them.
Image: Alex Pragerm’s short film titled ‘Face in the crowd.’
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