“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
The genius is not in technique; it is in being present
If I dream by contrast of the eventual drift of the star voyagers through the dilated time of the universe, it is because I have seen thistledown off to new worlds and am at heart a voyager who, in this modern time, still yearns for the lost country of his birth.
— Loren Eiseley, from the prologue to The Invisible Pyramid
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.
Sometimes you have to come up against the end before you start. Meaning, the problem has to become un-solvable before the answer is obvious. Meaning, that point at which you walk away from everything, where you’re not trying so hard to hang on to what you have and who you are that you’re able to be creative again.
This is Buddha G aka GMITCH aka BayBridges.
Part of the Flavourhood crew.
Watch and listen. Then repeat as many times as necessary for the goodness to set.
“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
It’s easy to feel like you’ve got nothing to wear, but it’s also a signal of identity problems. If you’ve got a well-developed sense of identity, you tend to know what’s you no matter what the trends. Nothing I buy ever looks new, because I have my look down, and it’s classic.
10 Spartan Rules
In 1951 President Yoshida wrote 10 principles to guide behavior at Dentsu in Japan:
1. Create work for yourself; don’t wait for work to be assigned to you. 2. Take an active role in all your endeavors, not a passive one. 3. Seek out large and complex jobs. Trivial tasks debase you. 4. Welcome difficult assignments. Choose them. Progress lies in accomplishing difficult work. 5.Once you begin a task, complete it. Never give up. 6. Lead your fellow workers. Be an example for them to follow. 7. Set goals for yourself to ensure a constant sense of purpose. This will give you perseverance and hope for the future. 8. Move with confidence. Confidence gives your work force, focus and substance. 9. Find new solutions. This is the way we ensure satisfactory service. 10. When conflict is necessary don’t shy away from it or be afraid. Conflict is the mother of progress and the source of aggressive enterprise. If you fear conflict, you will become timid and servile.
➜ GAWS: Master of Minimalism: My thoughts on style, by Jil Sander
• The apparent pointlessness of fashion may be just what makes it so strong as a zeitgeist sensor. Even I, a designer, do not know why a certain proportion feels dated or why another one feels exciting at a given moment. I leave that to the cultural historians and theorists.
• It is not easy to…
[Protective colouration] properly belongs to the realm of pictorial art, and can be interpreted only by painters. For it deals wholly in optical illusion, and this is the very gist of a painter’s life.
-Abbott H Thayer