"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
"Always cut to fit then beat into place."
"What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?"
"One can only see what one observes. And one only observes only things which are already in mind."
"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live."
Hans Christian Andersen
"Having less, living less, eating less.
Less on a plate, less belongings."
"Growing your own food is a great way to unchain. There are many resources and communities that support home farming in any domestic environment - it’s even possible in a small window in a city (http://www.windowfarms.org
). The benefits are multi-faceted. A small revolution in this is happening and it helps to unchain in other ways. It empowers people to innovate, use recycled materials and reduce the footprint while helping solve a major problem of efficiently providing food to our cities."
"We can always put the script aside when we feel things are becoming too scripted. Improvisation is the art of creating something in the moment. Improvisation techniques can be learned by everyone and are based on a few key principles, most importantly “yes and” and “truth in comedy”. It creates a powerful attitude of affirmation and truthfulness which is particularly conductive to exploring new thought patterns, new practices, new structures or symbols or new ways to act. The technique applies to many different forms of life, communication, expression across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines. In addition to comic relief learning how to improvise may open entirely new doors in our minds."
"Routine can be a good thing but too much of it makes us blind and indiffferent for anything outside - it can even lead to fear of the unknown if the routine becomes to strong and repetitive. Keep practicing exploration in small ways by looking for the new or different in everyday life: a new ice cream flavor, a different route to work, a different recipe, an exotic food type, a new restaurant, a chat with strangers or a visit to a different weekend spot. Look for things outside your comfort zone, your demograohic range or your taste. It’s fun, good for confidence and may end up enhacing or changing that routine, too."
"A danger of travel is that we see things at the wrong time, before we have had a chance to build up the necessary receptivity and when new information is therefore as useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connecting chain."
Alain de Botton
Be a dandelion.
It’s a weed, a pesky one, yet a powerful one. Have you ever tried to pull a dandelion out of the ground? A dandelion is tough and persistent. Once it’s decided to grow somewhere, there is no stopping it. No matter how rough the climate or how high the altitude, a dandelion will thrive in the environment it’s given. In springtime when a dandelion has decided to move on, it can go anywhere the wind blows. A dandelion is bright, strong, determined, carefree and full of potential. It’s hard to beat.
Be a drip
It’s about the power of a thousand drips. Drips that accrue, drop by drop until they overwhelm the status quo and break through, starting a flood.
Be a sponge
A sponge will be restless, tirelessly driven to seek, absorb, soak up everything possible. Encounter, ask, listen, and learn. Always be curious.