591. January 31st….Last day of the first month…vs…first day of the last month…

From the MInd of the Manic

“Night Beast” ©Robert Redus 2012

” I subscribe to the myth that an artist’s creativity comes from torment. Once that’s fixed, what do you draw on?” – David Byrne

So January is making way for the shortest month of the year…I’ve little opinion of January…either way…but like each and every month…if I pay attention I will see emerge what is significant on my own…personal horizon…I am then left with the choice to either do or not with regard to my observations…

Observations much like advice…have value given they are something that directly changes the situation in a way that the outcome is what I the observer/advicee  am seeking…but not always…. The Tao Te Ching 24 says:

“The kind of person who always insists
on his way of seeing things
can never learn anything from anyone.”

Many times an observation may become an entry…the first few seconds of a thought…the method it begins with is not and more often never what it finishes as….

in January….I revisited a great deal :

  1. The less I have…the more I appreciate…what I do have
  2. Admitting the truth and Telling the truth…are two very different methods of arriving at different truths…
  3. Even a really bad plan is better than no plan at all…
  4. The amount of air inside of an apple is what makes it crispy…
  5. Many interests have many distractions…
  6. Divide by 2…in most cases
  7. The harder and smarter I work…the luckier I will become…
  8. Any age is to old to be…fooling yourself
  9. I prefer Romano cheese hands down over Parmesan
  10. It’s easier to slip than slide in most cases…

so there you have a wrap of January…2012…..

“My dad liked how January went with Jones.” – January Jones

472. January 14th…Carolyn Davidson was paid $35.00 for the Nike Logo….and who was the other guy in the Eurythmics….

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Writings from the "Cuff'

“Not a bad View” 2011

“Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.” – Ezra Pound

Tao Te Ching…Chapter 56  the first lines of the passage are:

Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know.

it continues on and ends with:

He who has achieved this state
Is unconcerned with friends and enemies,
With good and harm, with honor and disgrace.
This therefore is the highest state of man.

I woke….this morning wondering about…announcement…and those who feel it  necessary to broadcast their intentions…for me it leaves but a small bit of unraveled string as the end result…

I’ve rarely if ever have heard an announcement…that doesn’t have a head on both ends…one that announces the deed…while the other announces that the person doing the deed…is becoming a  bit more elevated by the announcement…sort of them giving themselves a medal for being a great person…before they deserve the medal for being a great person…yet deserve it by intention and desire…those people who struggle for what they want to be…fill in the blanks with…”I’m going to”…and I guess it tells the world…”I’m still on track”…when the world really doesn’t care….much…nor do most people…

something about letting your mouth overload your ass…a few times…until you get it makes it much easier to do the deed…then make the announcement…pray for rain so any ceremony that might have taken place gets canceled…rescheduled or misplaced….

maybe…announcements should follow actions that are aligned with the announcement…kind of like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz….when every single Munchkin said…”follow the yellow brick road“…she literally followed the yellow brick road…when she could have taken the short cut…instead she walked from the point of the spiral…repeating the intention….yellow brick road step by step…right on out of Munchkin land to parts unknown…her intention was clear from the beginning…made some cool friends…got a pair of ruby slippers…a chance to meet OZ and see he was the epitome of “announcement”…with a great deal of smoke and mirrors…and not a lot of gas….

does announcing to the world…that you are going to…feed the poor…help the homeless…garden an hour each day…pay it forward….create every day…knock on doors save the world…recycle more….drive less each week…take the bus…leave a smaller carbon footprint…convert to solar…be more present….empathetic…compassionate…and loving…really matter…it only matters if what you say you are going to do…you do…and chances are…it may never be noticed except by those who are the beneficiaries….

“There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe