Article Worth Reading: “Find What You Love and Let it Kill You”

James Rhodes gave up the piano for 10 years, trading it in for the promise of the City and searching for some sort of security. Then decided his dream of becoming a concert pianist trumped all.


From the Guardian’s recent article:

“What if rather than a book club you joined a writer’s club? Where every week you had to (really had to) bring three pages of your novel, novella, screenplay and read them aloud?
What if, rather than paying £70 a month for a gym membership that delights in making you feel fat, guilty and a world away from the man your wife married you bought a few blank canvases and some paints and spent time each day painting your version of “I love you” until you realised that any woman worth keeping would jump you then and there just for that, despite your lack of a six-pack?”

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Margulies

This playwright’s pretty renowned for his ability to craft beautiful stories. Maybe here’s the reason why:


“Telling takes away the need to write. It relieves the pressure. And once that tension dissipates, so does the need to relieve it. First write it, then we’ll talk about it.”

– Donald Margulies

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Cocteau

Don’t be afraid of the grey territory between reality and dreams. What may appear to be hazy terrain may actually be the birthplace of creativity.

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.”

– Jean Cocteau

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Deavere Smith

Words aren’t always easy to come by; the next time you find yourself without them, realize that you might be showing off the most beautiful side of yourself.

“I think we can learn a lot about a person in the very moment that language fails them. In the very moment they they have to be more creative than they would have imagined in order to communicate. It’s the very moment that they have to dig deeper than the surface to find words, and at the same time, it’s a moment when they want to communicate very badly. They’re digging deep and projecting out at the same time.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Brecht

Never discount a new idea – terrifying as it may be. But do your best to find viewpoints that inspire and move you – no matter how antiquated or novel.

“Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.”

– Bertolt Brecht

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Musset

Because the term ‘perfection’ is normative anyway – most of life’s journey is about showing up and doing what little bit you can each day.

“Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.”

– Alfred de Musset

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8 Designs to Help You Let Your Right Brain Off its Leash

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the how, what, when and where? The right brain tenses up and leaves the worrying to the left brain that will try to reason with you and make sense out of those “crazy,” “silly,” or “impossible” ideas that come strolling through your head. Time to take a cue from Frederick Terral of Right Brain Terrain whose clever designs will remind you that it’s okay, and even preferable, to let the right hemisphere show off once in a while:

Stand Out: Because there’s no point in being a clone of someone else.

Shoot For the Moon: Because even if you miss, you’re one step closer to space travel than you were yesterday.

BU4U: (Say it out loud) Feeling unauthentic? Reevalute and realize it’s okay to be the you that you want to be.

Breakthrough: Pow! Zap! Blam! Make your own breakthrough pack a punch of epic proportions.

Right Brain Powered: Because while the left brain’s being reasonable, the right brain wants to get out and play. Let it have the reigns for a while and watch what happens.

Dream Catcher: Because sometimes the literal take on an important idea is the best. This image makes it easy for us to visualize grabbing that dream before it floats up and away.

Resilience: Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough…keep going, even when it gets tough. You’ll make it up and out eventually.

PERPHICT: Because what is perfect anyway? Bend your rigid perfectionism and find out what happens when you explore other ideas of Perphictshun.