Opening Quote Bodes Well For Radical Acceptance

Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense

– Rumi

This section of a Rumi quote opens the book Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha by Tara Brach.

The book has been highly recommended to me by a wise and respected friend.

I love that I haven’t even hit the 1st page and felt the need to comment on the quote the author chose to open her book with. It speaks to me.

I have been struggling with the realization of just how utterly f**ked life can be, that everything we thought we knew or thought we were working towards is, well, not at all what we thought.

I want to embrace the f**ked-ness of life because I believe there is potential power in being more open to not knowing, to living with a totally open heart of naivety, accepting that we can try and strive but not expect it to ever turn out how we planned.

If none of it makes any sense, perhaps this is a wonderful, beautiful, and freeing thing.


No F’n Regrets! & Bathroom Pics (Destroy, Challenge)

While researching RAID 1 NAS options, I was browsing Chase Jarvis’ amazing site of helpful photography ideas and tips (I think it was on his site that I 1st found out about G-Tech products, which seem AMAZING but are hella expensive).

Today I stumbled upon his interview with REI brand manager Jason Sutherland. I especially like that he said this:

F it all and f-n no regrets. Bottom line, get pissed, destroy. And by destroy, I mean tear it all down so you create something new and wonderful out of the strange parts that are left over. Make stuff. Cool stuff. Move on. Make more. Don’t dwell in the past. (It’s over.)

To read the rest of his advice on how to approach creative directors, go here.

In a related matter, as I was brushing my teeth in my bathroom last night, preparing for a much-needed sleep after a 12+ hour day of work, I challenged myself to shoot some abstract still lives. Seems all I’ve been doing is shooting live music, which ain’t bad, but some variety needs to be throw in the mix!
Here is one of my results:

Have a great day my friends,
and remember: “F it all and no regrets!!!”


Bukowski Sums Up Hollywood (Quote from Born Into This)

I found out that Hollywood is more crooked, dumber, crueler, stupider than all the books I read about it. They didn’t go deeply enough into how it lacks art and soul and art. How it’s really a piece of crap. There are too many hands directing, there are too many fingers in the pot and they’re all kinda ignorant about what they’re doing and they’re greedy and they’re vicious so you don’t get much of a movie

Charles Bukowski on his less than satisfying experience making Barfly
– from Bukowski: Born Into This, a brilliant documentary about this seminal figure of 20th century American literature.
The movie portrays Bukowski as a man with a kind heart and good intentions, an imperfect person as we all are, who drank excessively but spoke with absolute honesty, which perfectly fits one of my Goals for 2011 – to be honest even though it may cause discomfort in others, even though it may create conflict. Bukowski knew this and chose to live it.