When faced with a question on balancing commercial pressures and creativity integrity, consider that a meditative mind might be the ticket:
“I came from painting. And a painter has none of those worries. A painter paints a painting. No one comes in and says, “You’ve got to change that blue.” It’s a joke to think that a film is going to mean anything if somebody else fiddles with it. If they give you the right to make the film, they owe you the right to make it the way you think it should be — the filmmaker. The filmmaker decides on every single element, every single word, every single sound, every single thing going down that highway through time. Otherwise, it won’t hold together. When there’s even a little hint of pressure coming from someplace else — like deadlines or going overbudget… — this affects the film. And you just want support, support, support… in a perfect world… so that you can really get the thing to be correct.
Now, this doesn’t happen these days — so, “support, support, support” — when you do dive within and experience this pure self — atma — pure consciousness — it’s the home of all the laws of nature. You get more in tune with those and … nature starts supporting you. So you have that feeling, even if they’re breathing down your neck, and there’s pressure here and pressure here, it doesn’t matter — inside … I say, “Every day is like a Saturday morning” — you got a great feeling, and it grows and grows and grows.”
– David Lynch
Allow yourself permission to not concern yourself with what others think. Get busy being that version of yourself you want to be.
We often take things at face value. It’s easy to, we’re human. But about what happens under the surface?
Life is 90% about process, 10% about that surface result.
Those people who have that “perfect life” – fulfilling relationships, work, creative endeavors – didn’t happen upon success by luck alone. They had to live through the process. The ups and downs, struggles and heartbreaks that the world wasn’t privy to at the time. They put in the time and held themselves to high standards. Nothing less would suffice.
Just take a look at the architecture of these natural curiosities – the beauty of the underwater base alone is enough to give pause.
So next time you’re wondering how to change what the surface of your life looks like, realize it may be time to take a plunge and explore what it looks like beneath the edge. Build upon whatever small strength you find until you have a foundation that will allow for those once-lofty dreams of success to come with ease.
And like nature itself, there will be things that challenge your personal ‘berg – forces that threaten what you worked hard to build. Hungry warm waters crave the coolness of ice. Seek out smoother currents.
I want to capture light in darkness,
Illumination wearing Zorro’s mask,
As it hides in corners and cupboards and closets
Snickering proudly over its swift elusion.
I want to see beyond the edges
Of the shapes and curves of lovers, buildings –
Halos of color that saturate the empty space,
Playfully waiting as you count to ten.
I want to see the Northern Lights.
“Close your eyes,” they offer in near whisper.
And as blindness gives way, fractals join hands –
a luminous dance, a reverie
Anxious and undone, little one.
Worry is a vast land with many travelers –
Some even dubbed honorary kings.
But why linger here?
There are finer shores ahead.
Push towards the coast with abandon.
Know its tranquil sanctuary by the golden crest
That extinguishes light into the sea –
A goodnight kiss and a promise to return when morning comes.
Here shall you be crowned.
“But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present.”
– Michel-Rolph Trouillot
The commedia character of Arlecchino is ever-present today. Also, known as “harlequin” style, this print can be found almost everywhere.
I wish. These guys would be beautiful.