Does it mean good now (even if it might turn bad later?) Does it mean it feels good, (even if it’s not good for you?) Does it mean good for me (but not good for you?) I hit on something this morning that helps me describe what “goodness” is for me, the kind of goodness I […]Read more "What does “goodness” mean?"
not enough projects. Too much work, not enough work. Too much excitement, not enough excitement. It sucks to be in a perpetual state of paradox, but alas…balance is that which we keep trying to pursue (cuz if we got it, then we’d have it).Read more "Too many projects,"
I generally hate extremes, but it’s come to my attention that my particular brand of personality seems to operate best in circumstances that are extreme. So, it’s either taking things in very tiny bite-size pieces, or scarfing down multiple plates at a time. It’s not ideal. Or rather, it doesn’t match that one ideal that we […]Read more "Operating in Extremes and Your Ideal Self"
It’s tough learning about yourself. That’s why most of us avoid it. We deny people’s assessments, discredit any criticism toward us, and ignore opportunities to dig further into ourselves. And for those who would just rather not think about it, it’s hard to blame them. Who wants to break themselves down into bits of knowledge […]Read more "Breakdown by Further Self-Discovery"
In mere hours and seconds? In accomplishments? In fulfillment? In cups of coffee? (sorry, had to do it) So many of our days disappear too quickly. Don’t let them go by without noticing they did. Because “whenever each day passes, a part of you has gone.” (Hasan al-Basri)Read more "How Do You Measure A Day?"
How much are you posting about it on social media vs. how much are you actually practicing it in your life? I first thought of this concept in regard to my religious practice, but I realize it can actually apply to any field or pursuit you’re involved in. You’ll go through certain phases: 1. The […]Read more "The Posting-to-Practicing Ratio"
Don’t let it chase you. Fear is good. Fear shows you where you need to go next. You can only grow more confident by facing that which you’re not too confident about…and whether your succeed or not is immaterial. Simply moving toward the fear starts to unravel it. Enjoy it for a minute, then move […]Read more "Chase Your Fear"
Is it worth your time? Is it worth your attention? Is it worth your investment? How much do you value your continued growth? I’ll tell you what. At least in my estimation, almost any amount it takes to keep growing…is usually far less than the cost of staying the same.Read more "How Much Is Growth Worth?"
I know it’s been a few days. Call it a vacation, or, more rightly, a momentary lapse in judgement. Whatever it be, I’m back, and I hope to keep it that way.Read more "Dear Friend"
I love the Joker as much as the next guy, but I’m sorry, being an “agent of chaos” doesn’t lead to creative output. Too often we think that creativity or artistry has to come from some sort of chaotic freedom, you have to be unshackled by the norms and disciplines that the “rest of us” abide […]Read more "Creativity Doesn’t Come From Chaossss. It’s Actually Quite Boring."
Never do anything.Read more "The Formula For Never Making Mistakes"
I helped to film two weddings this weekend, which got me thinking a little about how I used to view weddings when I first started filming them, compared to now. Weddings are a celebration of love, I used to think. What do I think now? Weddings are a celebration of love…followed by a lifetime of […]Read more "Wedding Celebrations"
It’s funny how muddled and unclear things can become in such a short time. You move along your path, but as you move forward, it’s easy to take a detour, or to forget where you were going, or somehow just get lost on the way there. But the beauty of confusion is that you can […]Read more "Clarity from Confusion"
is not a break, it’s a pattern. Be careful not to drop the ball too long, it gets heavier the longer it’s on the ground.Read more "Two Days In A Row"
اَلْإِيْمَانُ يَزِيْدُ وَيَنْقُصُّ Faith increases and decreases. It’s normal. Don’t get too comfortable. Just like it takes faith to keep you working, it takes work to keep your faith.Read more "Faith fluctuates."
…was to keep making choices, despite the failures. Above (and below) is a picture of two draft versions of my poetry book that you’ll never see (and I couldn’t find the first draft called “Music To My Ears” with an even more egregious cover design). Chain link fences and bacteria are great book cover designs, though. […]Read more "The Most Successful Choice I Kept Making…"
And it only takes one simple turn — choose something that you’ve unconsciously been believing about yourself, and then tell us the reasons why it’s dead wrong. Change isn’t about changing who you are — it’s about seeing yourself for more of who you really are (and taking back control of your own definition). So […]Read more "The Shift Is Mental"
I know how to talk authoritatively. But I also know when what I’ve talked authoritatively about, turns out to be something completely wrong, or something I later disagree with, or something that’s been disproven now. I recognize the mistakes I’m going to make. The only alternative is to never risk making a mistake, to always […]Read more "Big Swings and Big Misses"
Apparently, this is a sentiment that a Spielberg-ian director said in response to the way in which a Labeouf-ian actor behaved in press interviews for a film he didn’t necessarily artistically believe in. At some point, you gotta put your artist side to the side, and just “sell the car” (i.e. sell the movie anyway). […]Read more "“Just Sell The Car”"
…that’s when I journal, or tweet, or blog, or have a discussion with my parents, with friends, with folks at the mosque. It’s so rare these days to not find an answer, that when we don’t…it means we’ve hit on a question worth asking. So don’t give up when there’s no answer — instead, step […]Read more "When Google Doesn’t Have The Answer…"