Khalil’s words on Pain


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.

~ Khalil Gibran

Artist’s War

“The war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.”

~ James Baldwin

Work and Play

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between their work and their play; their labor and their leisure; their mind and their body; their education and their recreation. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence through whatever they are doing, and leave others to determine whether they are working or playing. To themselves, they always appear to be doing both.”

-Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand

Wilson Miner – When We Build

Wilson Miner‘s talk is about the power in design, interface and simplicity. He realizes that a website is not just a website.

I discovered this talk at a perfect time in my computing career. From I.T. support and development, to animation and visual effects…   and now I am getting a little deeper into web development. I’m happy to see that the current world of web development is quite different from the world I turned my back on during the late 90s.

One of my favorite quotes that Wilson presents in this talk is from Alistair Smith.

“At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world which no longer exists.”

Thank you Wilson Miner.  Your talk was a quick n cheap therapy session that I needed to experience.

Inspirational Quotes

These have been sitting around in my notes for awhile, so I figured it was time to post them.

Randy Pausch
It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.

Leon Botha
I am trying to work and focus, not letting the outer world speak more loudly than my inner. Because I think we tend to forget.

Sakyong Mipham  (Turning the Mind Into an Ally)
Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?

Paul Valéry
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Temporary Diversion from Animation

The last few weeks have been a bit dizzying. Spent a little time waiting for potentials to open up. I made sure not to waste too much time, though my focus has certainly been diverted away from more visually creative endeavors.

That being said, I still make sure to sit down with a pen and practice some sketching. Proportions are always a little funky, thus showing my habit of focusing too much on the details.

Spending a lot of time reading business magazines and blog articles. I did this last year as well. I love seeing the abstracts of successful or failed systems. It validates or challenges a lot of my own opinions.  So far, so good.

Here’s a pretty slick quote regarding innovations, by Dick Foster, author of Creative Destruction.

I’m convinced that for an existing company to innovate, they must first make the decision to get rid of something. Unless you get rid of it, it will always be more a more compelling argument to improve the old rather than commit to the new. That small decision over time adds up to a total deflection, and you are never as motivated to innovate as the unencumbered new entrant. I think this is enormously important.

The rest of the interview can be found at Forbes.

And now, back to the sketchbook so I can finish up some storyboard for my next animation…   in progress.

Bruce’s Wisdom

Was reminded of this, when I heard it quoted in some music recently.

It’s probably Bruce’s most memorable quote is ,  “Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all of the heavenly glory!

BlacKKawaru summaries it perfectly with,

It means that you should focus on the meanings behind action and not the actions themselves.
If someone is pointing to the moon and you focus on the finger, you do not see the moon.

If the instruction is to kick with emotion and you focus on the command, you are listening to the instruction, not improving your kick.
Even if your kick gets stronger (i.e. through anger) it will not become better.”

Why do this?

My friend James Melcher asked me,

“I wanted to send you this question that popped into my head….( yes
it’s regarding your life at the present moment)

What’s the Gift in the Chaos?”

And my words came easily, though maybe not confidently…

“I feel as though I have stepped out of the illusion of stability in order to gain freedom. The freedom to do what I want to do, and the way I want to do it. Call me crazy, but I feel that as long as we are productive, we can do anything and make a living from it. Good intentions leading into useful innovations.”

Quote on Development

Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.
Chris Sacca

Thanks to Michael Rubin for that one.

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