Bite-sized Wisdom: Nash and Weill

Need a tune to hum? Look no further than the songwriter combo of Nash and Weill.

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“Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief.”

– “Speak Low” Ogden Nash & Kurt Weill

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Give it All Up in Order to Gain

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As we walk along through life, we often choose the path of least resistance. It’s natural to seek out this course…well-worn, safe, but likely absent of the events that will help us grow. Every day we decide whether we move forward or back – a subtle tango with ourselves and our standards.

It is also natural to conflate the notion of growth with the idea of “more.” But growth can come through removal, by shedding the things that no longer serve us. As you continue to grow, consider what you can give up in order to gain. And you can start here.

Release the need to:

Fill every moment of the day with tasks – It’s easy to stay hyperconnected, or busy, or attached to worries that can fill the hours. What’s more difficult is to detach, allow for silence, and reflect. It is only in these moments that tiny adjustments gain clarity. Can you recall having your best ideas when bogged down by 10 things at once? Or when you were caught in an otherwise unremarkable moment?

Please everyone – Freedom comes in the realization that it is not your responsibility to make every person in the world offer approval of what you do. Some may love it, others could care less. Find the one audience that matters most to you (this can be yourself!), and work to hold yourself accountable to these eyes.

Judge – Yourself and others. There is no grand tally score floating above our heads for who’s ahead in the human race. The only thing gained by this sort of negative self-talk/ derisive talk towards others is a weak soapbox upon which you can stand for moment as you try to relish in another’s downfall. When that person picks themselves up and moves on, you’re left with no foundation.

Keep Up with the Joneses – Just because someone bought their first personal jet doesn’t mean it’s time to put one on your credit card too. We all have different definitions of what will make us happy. Check in and make sure that what your coveting is actually something that will fulfill you rather than something you feel you should have.

Be right – Oh, the big one. A voracious, stubborn ego is not half so endearing as one that can admit when a mistake was made. Save yourself the headache and forgive yourself and others for past blunders. Do this as often as needed. 

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The Soul Always Knows

Embrace the universe inside yourself that allows you to see the soul of all things.
Wisdom tucks itself behind boulders of adversity.
Judgment, a child’s dam, gives way to a surge of clarity.
Patience stretches its roots into newly watered terrain.

And magic, well that’s everywhere if you look.

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Half Sleep Half Waking

A man awoke with a song in his mouth
He rounded his lips around the sounds
To find the words as they fell out one by one

He gathered them swiftly and laid them out
Saw familiar phrases but gave them new places
So that the pieces of melody might befriend them
And learn the shape of each others’ truth

The man went to sleep with a song in his heart
Humming a tune that pin-pricked his silence
A refrain half-familiar, a reminder of love

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Genet

What are you all listening to these days? Here’s hoping that good music finds its way to you this weekend.

“Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.”

– Jean Genet

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