I've been reading up a storm in 2014. I think I've read 10 books this year. Yes, I am counting the super fast reads like those from Austin Kleon and Paul Arden but nevertheless I've been burning the proverbial midnight oil. One of the biggest motifs of my literary consumption is the idea of being true to YOU, YOURSELF and who YOU are despite the pressures of society and enculturalization. Synchronicity has a way of pointing you in the right direction if you just listen to its messages. Here are three passages from my readings that express this need for living your life:
1. "One feels bored because one has been living in dead patterns given to you by others." - Osho from Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously
2. Live your dharma no matter the societal consequences may be. Astrology points you in the direction of your true self enabling you to live YOUR dharma. According to Dane Rudhyar in Person Centered Astrology
3. Happiness comes from knowing yourself and mediation will help you dive within. "True happiness lies within." From David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish
This year, 2014 has been the year of me finding concise, practical and inspiring self-help books that have delivered the one-two punch in getting my creative juices flowing. Two authors responsible for such creative unblocking/inspiration are Austin Kleon and Paul Arden. They wrote “Show Your Work” and “Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite.” It’s been about 9 or so years since I’ve had a blog (my first one was on something called Geocities. Yes it’s been that long.) The last 8-9 years are what I call my dark age period of written-creative life. But I’m back and blogging again. I can’t espouse enough about the riches of the self-help prose that Kleon and Arden weave into works deceptively simple yet powerfully profound. In their tiny manifestos of sorts both Kleon and Arden share their ways of navigating the creative and the work worlds. If you apply their philosophies to your life it will surely help you get the ball (or pen) rolling again. It’s helped me.
Even the daunting task of writing the 1st blog post is made less burdensome given Kleon’s practice of: Showing Your Work. One of his theories about creatives is they wait to perfect their art before sharing. Kleon believes that people like art but care even more about the person making it and want to know HOW that person made it. I find this to be true. When I check out Kleon’s blog I feel like I know the guy. I see his room with a table of scattered newspaper pages, paint and markers and I think…Hey, that looks like fun.
Kleon's tips are about doing work everyday and sharing small parts of your process. I've found it's enough for me to just take a photo a day and share it. This practice alone has brought much grace to my life.
In the before mentioned Arden’s book, “Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite” there’s one page that sticks with me. There’s a picture of a drawer filled with what I’m assuming are architecture plans. The caption reads: “The best idea here is the plan chest. It exists” I just find myself reflecting on this statement time and time again. I literally feel like an idea person. I can’t tell you how many days my brain exploded with screen plays, complete pilot episodes, jokes, poems, stand-up comedy routines, quips, marketing plans, products etc and I’ve actually taken time to write a lot of these ideas down. But all these ideas lay useless and obscured in some journal or scribbled on a sticky note somewhere. Now I have a blog. I can actually share my ideas by publishing them here which make them REAL…or at least real-er-ish. Just got to keep sharing the work…
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