Happy Accident

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How could we have known
that time would slow and gasp for air –
we could steal a few moments extra
while her back was turned?

Who was there to warn us
that the space behind our eyes had room for rent –
we would move in uninvited,
never asking the other to leave?

Would we have known
the perfect place if we had found it –
when we already were living
in our favorite version of home?

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A Collective But Non-exhaustive List of Thanks

As of August 1st, 2013

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Thank you for Brecht, for Sartre, for tea with one ice cube, for croissants, for real butter, for caramelized onions, for Lapine, for Sondheim, for bikes, for sleeping until the afternoon, for parents, for a friend that makes you better, for the friend who teaches you to want more, for stripes, for cursive, for Hugo, for Dumas, for an indent on the pillow, for true love, for Le Petit Prince, for Cloud Atlas, for string sections, for crescendos, for pinky toes, for lips, for red wine, for harmony, for off-buttons, for boba, for book sales, for snail mail, for hardwood floors, for air-conditioning, for metaphysics, for bottled water, for astrobiology, for Forbrydelsen, for candid photos, for challenges, for three-word notes, for high notes, for pedestrian walkways, for Central Station, for online booking, for belting, for foreshadowing, for e.e. cummings, for Hadestown, for cast iron skillets, for half smiles, for unexpected cards, for the moment before you’re sure, for shavasana, for Einaudi, for Caravan Palace, for dancing around the subject, for finally talking, for a side of grits, for forgiving not forgetting, for pressure points, for imagination, for you.

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In Order to Hear What You Want, You Have to Be Listening

Walt Whitman

“Have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

-Walt Whitman

Powerful, no? Amazing what asking that extra question will do. Something feels off? Pay attention, reevaluate, do something that better aligns you with your beautiful soul.

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Leave a Message and Receive a “Call” Back Unlike Any Other

What happens when the world opens up to one musician, one voicemail at a time?

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One Hello World tackles the universal desire for human connectedness – a mysterious pianist from Wichita sets strangers’ voicemails to music. Inspired by film scores and a deep curiosity about the our interconnectedness, his project explores the thoughts of others with honesty and creativity, bringing light to our universal condition.

Snippets from a few popular messages include:

I’m not afraid to grow up. I guess I’m just afraid that I’ll forget what it’s like to be a kid.”

“I think that loneliness is a term that’s misconceived by everybody. There’s two different things: there’s being alone and there’s being lonely. I’ve learned loneliness is only something you invite when you’re by yourself. And I can be by myself and be completely happy.”

I know that someday you will be happy, and even if it’s not with me. But there’s a little piece of me that hopes that you’ll be happy with me, old.”

“I realize now that I at least deserved to be loved as much as I loved. To be treated with respect and thoughtfulness. I will know you will do those things. You will piece my heart back together and show me what real love is supposed to be like. And everyday you will astound me with how wonderful life can be with the right person by my side. For now, I’m waiting patiently. I love you.

“You’re the first girl in a while to actually affect me. Make me care about somebody other than myself… maybe a warning for everyone else is, the worst thing you can do is fall in love with your best friend.”

Each message unique and yet part of a larger tapestry of what we care about, what hurts us, what inspires us, and what draws us together.

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Rediscovering the Child

learnfastMaybe it’s been more than a little while since you allowed yourself to try something new, dig in with abandon, and fearlessly approach what you have no idea how to do.

Remember that we have all been beginners. There is no shame is starting and no time to late to start becoming the person you wish you be.

Approach it with childlike enthusiasm. No one tells an 8-month old that they’ll never learn how to walk. Because smack-talking a baby is bad form. Why allow the rules to change as you grow older?

Bolster new efforts of others, and you may find the courage to support your own.

Get kickin’ little one. There’s still more room to grow.

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Égalité. Finally.

marriage“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
– Obama

A beautiful day for California and the United States. Proud to see that love and respect continues to win out over hatred.

5 Simple Ways to Start Leading the Good Life

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1. Celebrate the ordinary and less than extraordinary. Because you can’t win the Nobel Peace Prize every day of the year. Cheer on the small moments in between the large ones, and you’ll start to notice how those peaks will advance towards you in rapid succession.

2. Get outside when it’s still light out. Summer’s official start date is tomorrow. How are you going to revel in it?

3. Make time for yourself. A whole good amount of it. Come to know yourself better than the tabloids know Justin Bieber’s whereabouts. Treat yourself to that manicure, bask leisurely for an hour doing absolutely nothing, and recharge. No point in running on empty.

4. Sing and dance like no one is watching/like the entire world is watching. These two should be one in the same. It’s often assumed that the scrutiny of many is a negative thing. If you truly approach whatever the task at hand is with gusto, people will notice, take note and maybe get a little bit inspired. Don’t apologize for loving the things that you do.

5. Unplug. From your cell phone, Facebook, from the endless internet to-do list. Go have an adventure. It’ll be there when you come back.

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Easiest Way To Fail Is To Never Try

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Time to allow yourself to have it all.

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”

More of this illustrated story available via Brain Pickings