590. January 25, 2012….The real problem with…

Writings from the "Cuff'

"High Wires" ©Robert Redus,2012

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” – Oscar Wilde

Charles Osgood said, “There is no exception to the rule, that everyone wants to be an exception to the rule“…he is as right as it gets…each of us comes to the table with these great ideas…at some point or another…and really  more often than we realize…these great ideas…if we’d just think about them for a few days  before we burp them out like a thanksgiving belch…we’d hide ourselves in shame thinking that…”That” idea had any merit…and was doable…unless of course it’s doable… because we are who we are and we’re doing it….or not…

we either know everything or nothing…we have either done everything or done nothing…we are certain we’re going to do it but do it when the time is right….we either speak a bunch of languages or can’t talk to the drive up window microphone in complete sentences…we often profess when we should confess…our fragile delicate ego does not allow us to be anything but mostly right….and mostly all of the time….we can open businesses because we like what the business is about…and somehow think that the connection to liking the business somehow opens the portal to understanding P&L statements…financial forecasting…taxes and developing a good sound…workable business plan…oh and we have $63.00 in savings…when we still struggle with “Does business have a, ‘z’ in it somewhere?

we try to fill the soft spots with softer stuff…thinking it will work…

it all boils down to a simple question…to ask yourself

“AM I EXCITED EVERYDAY ABOUT WHAT I DO?”

if the answer was hesitant…or had a question mark at the end of it…was “Most of the time“…or “I have to think about this“…reread chapter 1 of your life…and  Hell Yeah

I have always believed that once I had all of the tools…both literally and figuartivly…and I knew clearly…WHAT I WANTED …(not to be confused with what I don’t want…as knowing what I don’t want does not mean I know what I want)…then I could accomplish anything…anywhere…anytime…

Here are the lists I made to get here today:

  1. “THINGS I REALLY WANT AND REALLY WANT TO BE  DOING”
  2. Decide what’s real…and unreal…My unreal… was going back to the university for an MFA to be a teacher at a university at 55 years old…I crossed that right off of the list….
  3. The Real Tools, (tangible)  I need…ex. laptop, video camera, Westfalia Camper Van…etc….
  4. The Real Tools I have…
  5. The Ether Tools, (smarts and skills) I need…ex. education,  business skills  , etc….
  6. The Ether Tools I have…
  7. Build the tool box..start the project(s)….and make sure  I start the projects long before I have the tools so I can keep adding the “Right” tools

there is something about working hard on an idea or project even if you have only part of the tools…as what we need usually arrives when we need it… “The harder/smarter we work…the luckier we become

Most of us…who are trying hard to be right or fill in the soft spots with softer stuff…are also probably working in the… “THE WHAT YOU ARE WILLING DO”… position rather than from the  “I CAN DO ANYTHING…ANYWHERE….ANYTIME”… place….

and spending far to much time on making certain every “i” is dotted and “t” crossed…might indicate an enormous suggestion….but bottom line… if it’s not “HELL YEAH“….well…..nothing else really matters….

“I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into – and an acceptance of – things.” – Tina Turner

503. March 16th…Really…who is that face looking back at you??….

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Big Nuts” 2011

“I love you, just not how you want me to” – Susan Hyatt

a problem is an easily worked out position…depending of course where you are standing in relationship to the problem…and what you have described the big picture to look like…and as long as the big picture doesn’t blur as the problems move forward…

before my father died almost 20 years ago he and I became friends…..he told  me what it felt like being in a landing craft on a beach assault during WW2 in the Pacific…the sensations…what and how everything felt before the door would drop open…and as he would say…”Things would change faster than a jack rabbit”….and I know his recall of the events were covered…and muted…he lived to be 74…

I found some broken amber-colored car reflectors…on the side of the road…perhaps from an accident…and I’ve been looking at them for the past couple of days…wondering what makes a reflector…well reflect…sure it’s one of those things that shouldn’t require a great deal of thought or time investigating the reason it reflects…but it’s little knowledge that leads to big knowledge…and knowing about something as simple as reflection may not change the world…but what an ice breaker at a party where I don’t really know anyone…

Reflection:  “representation; counterpart”….so I guess the next question is…is a reflection real and accurate…somedays I hope so…other days I don’t…and I guess it also depends on where you’re standing…and what part is reflecting…. to make that choice

love is a reflection….although Tina Turner said…”whats love got to do with it”…while Jim Morrison said “Love me two times”…and yes even though most of us won’t admit we know it…Air Supply said…”I’m all out of love”…so what are each reflecting to whom ever they are reflecting in front of…well seems pretty obvious…Tina’s arms are raised..asking questions…Jim is laying there…saying “c’mon..once more”…and the guys from Air Supply…well you decide….

everything has to reflect accurately or as close as possible…not like a carnival mirror…where you have the big head and the pint size body…I mean would you want to wake up next to that person everyday….or go to that job…5 days a week…I didn’t think so…

I like reflection in those first few moments after waking up…they are as horrifying…as they are mesmerizing…I’ve only known one person who when she woke up she was just as beautiful as when she went to bed…she was from the sweet pea family…while most of us…well let me speak for myself…..look somewhere between mug shot….homeless and been camping for a few days…but without the aid of a mirror…we could actually go outside like that…wondering why we didn’t get the job…or everybody is staring…

so reflection has a much greater value than counterpart…or representation…there is a truth that is undeniable…at what we see when we see ourselves looking back at us…and sure that truth may very well go unnoticed by everyone else on the planet…except when our eyes…meet our eyes…it’s hard to see anything other than what really is…even if what is…is still in the process of becoming what really is…or maybe becoming the illusion….

“I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself.” – Francois Truffaut