Monday, June 30, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 30 June 2013

It was the challenge of life too, was it not? People could never be fully understood. They were ever changing, different people at different times and under different circumstances and influences. And always growing, always creating themselves anew.
How impossible it was to know another human being.
How impossible to know even oneself.  
[Mary Balogh, Slightly Tempted]

I’ve recently realised some changes in me. Things that seem to just BE there. MayBE they aren’t changes so much as adjustments?! Anyway, I enJOY seeing them, mostly. But there are still times when I surprise myself pretty much entirely.

Do not get attached to the world as it is. Because the world is changing something new is coming.   [Jerry Weintraub, When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man]

I always think there is a way round this truth. There must BE, eh?! But no. It is spot-on.

Two lost things that had survived the seas and arrived on a coastline. What did they do? They implanted themselves in the sand and grew into trees and lined the beaches. Sometimes a lot can come of being all washed up. You can really grow.   [Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow]

We’re all washing up somewhere, living Life. It’s amazing to let that BE a good thing.

I love you, Currie

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 28 June 2014

“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.  [ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit]

In a World where giving up seems like an option more of the time than I like to admit, I am glad that I choose to carry on. Mostly.

I am glad, too, that I can stop and rest when I need to.

You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.   [Tom Hiddleston]

I often think I know what is what. What’s coming. What’s next. If nothing else, the past 3 months have taught me how little what I know or think I know matters. It’s all about following the bouncing ball[s] and trusting the process.

There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.   [Lemony Snicket, Horseradish]


I love you, Currie

Friday, June 27, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 27 June 2014

It's humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.   [Jennifer Ritchie Payette]

Starting fresh is very different, for me, Now, than I had always thought it was. I think BEfore that I must have looked at it with more judgment than kindness. Now I realise that each day is what I have, what was and whatever may BE don’t matter.

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.  [Lee Iacocca]

This is a HUGE lightbulb thing. For me, I mean. I’ve spent way too much of Life looking back at what I just messed up or worrying about what is going to happen next. Screwing up and starting over, that’s the Way.

Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.   [Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down]

Life did NOT come with the sort of instructions I’ve felt I needed…

That’s what I’ve loved the most!!!

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 26 June 2014

Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness.   [Rollo May, The Courage to Create]

Heady stuff, perhaps, but I DO love this aspect of BEing Human. I always have a choice. Always!!

Whatever phase of life you are in, make time to pause and reflect where you are heading to. It is a good time to insert a comma now and realign yourself to your inner self before your life ends in a full stop.  [Roopleen]

Sometimes more than other times I remember I CAN pause. I CAN stop, change my emphasis, even change my whole mind and heart. I forget this. So often. So I am most deLIGHTed when I remember.

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.   [Guillaume Apollinaire]

Just BE Happy?! Imagine that!!!

The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You'll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man.   [Cheryl Hayashi]

Note to Self:  This wondrous World is so much richer and more deLIGHTing than YOU had previously BElieved.

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 25 June 2014

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.   [Henri J.M. Nouwen]

Sometimes I have wondered at my purpose. I have questioned whether I am on the “right” track. And then I read this and I realise that much of the work of Life is in relationship. To people, of course, but also to things and ideas, experiences, and even to the Time of one’s Life.

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.   [Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner]

I quite like the idea of forgiveness “budding.” After all, that is a lot how it feels inside. A tiny bloom determined to BE all it can BEcome. Hard as forgiving can feel, it’s so sweet on the other side.

Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.   [Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible]

You really WILL!!!

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 24 June 2014

If you didn't remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn't?   [Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth]

Remembering is a peculious little human trait. It is the basis for all story. It’s mostly taken for granted, though sometimes I avoid it and those who practise remembering regularly.

I remember more and less at certain points. Sometimes I could have done more of it. At others, less would have been better. That’s probably mostly true.

In this sleepless night, as the darkness advances, look up at the sky and somehow remember that somewhere in this wide world, there are always people who love you, and people who need you. Because every person can't go on living alone.   [Ai Yazawa]

I feel very differently about living alone than ever BEfore in my Life. I remember BEing alone was NOT a cherished thing. That it was sort of a punishment [as in Go To Your Room].

As one relationship and then another and pretty much all of my relationships evaporated, I never realised that BEing alone was something I might seek out. Sometime…

I feel connected but NOT tied. It is nice. Like coming here. Sharing with “you” the thoughts dancing through Right Now. I like to come and “meet” you. Make sure you remember…

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 23, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 23 June 2014

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.   [R. D. Laing]

I know, which came first, the chicken or the egg?! But reading it again helps me see that this is exactly what my brain does. It notices the weirdest stuff sometimes. In the mornings, lately, out walking with Gracie about 5, there are so many things to notice. And for no reason but that I’m noticing them.

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.   [Neil Gaiman]

It is true, I think, that we all DO this stuff. And I don’t really think there is anything wrong with boredom or daydreaming as daily fare…

But isn’t it amazing what our thoughts think sometimes?!

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.   [Bruce Lee]

Noticing is an important skillset. It requires bendiness that has just enough resistance and NOT too very much more.

I love you, Currie

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 21 June 2014

Wounds heal. Scars fade. Awful memories can be overwritten with better ones if given the chance. The little imperfections of our psyches become overshadowed by the people whose love we cherish because they cherish us despite our faults; physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise. This thing we call the human condition with all its bittersweet blind corners and senseless humor evolves from within ourselves and not because of some pre-ordained reverie we desire to cast in the constellations.

All in all it is what makes life worth living.   [August Clearwing, Never Have I Ever]

It can BE so hard to realise and then remember this. Life Goes On. Until it does NOT. And it’s always worth giving it another chance by simply cherishing the What Is.

To love is to accept a soul entirely, not wishing that the person was otherwise, nor hoping for change, nor clinging to some ideal past. To love is to cherish the individual standing before you presentlycharms, quirks, and all. To love is to give someone a piece of your heart that you will never, ever reclaim.    [Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year]

This sounds so simple. But I don’t think, even once, I have loved so well.

MayBE I should BEgin by cherishing myself.

I love you, Currie

Friday, June 20, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 20 June 2014

He'd lived long enough to know that everyone handled grief in different ways, and little by little, they all seemed to accept their new lives.   [Nicholas Sparks, The Choice]

We are all little snowflakes, eh?! That is the thing I have learned about cancer, too. There is no one kind and each of us has our own journey with it.  But the key thing is Acceptance. As is so often true in Life.

Organize yourself & bring rhythm to your life: Because you have things to do, habits to break, dreams to achieve, peace to discover and one life to live.   [V.V. Rao]

Just one Life. That’s it. That’s all. For as long as we each are “ME” it is Life. Go leap into it. Get messy. EnJOY!!!

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.   [Rabindranath Tagore]

I dance: to poems, to music but now I would like to no longer dance to anything but the rhythm of my soul.   [Isadora Duncan]

Such BEautimous thoughtsandfeelings these two quotes inspire in me. It’s enough. Always.

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 19 June 2014

Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in their jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you're off on a journey of exploration and discovery.   [David Almond]

I am a pretty willing participant in the Journeying parts of Life. I am also content to just BE, Right Here. I gave myself a very low-key birthday day. I took in and I enJOYed and I listened and I hope I gave a whole lot more than I held onto.

Mostly I learned that there are different sorts of happy birthdays. MayBE the Past really does NOT equal the future?!

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.   [Bertrand Russell]

I think the will to find out is simply taking Life as a slice with everything on it.

Just because they disagree, doesn't mean you ain't right.   [Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity]

WOW!!! Does this ever sum somethings… clearing away the dust.

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 18 June 2014

I'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. Most people don't live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn't make any difference whether they've reached the goal or not.   [Jean Webster]

My morning walks with Gracie, dawn walks, really, they are so enJOYable. I love BEing outside hearing all the outdoors waking to a new day.

Most days I just DO what I enJOY. Well, let me clarify that, I CHOOSE to enJOY whatever I DO. It’s a really great way to live. I used to talk or think about DOing Life this way. Now it is sort of automatic.

You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret to press play.  
[Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why]

This is such a rich idea. Life as Play. This is what I am Living, BEing, DOing. Or at least this is what I intend… imperfectly. Living each moment with deep enJOYment.

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 17 June 2014

Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it's a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.   [Eric Schmidt]

Yes is also what is keeping me healthy, enJOYing my good health, and dealing with the what is NOT good or healthy without falling into regular mud puddles after meltdowns.

It is harder some days, yet those days are the ones when I learn about Who I Am… and Who I can still BE.

Tomorrow is my birthday. And tomorrow I have Treatment #2.

#1 was NOT bad. A little bit strange, mayBE, like new things can BE. But BEsides me BEing a fart in a skillet most of yesterday BEfore, after, though tireder, I came back to myself.

And here I am, Today, NOT putting pressure where it does NOT BElong.

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 16, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 16 June 2014

In the space between yes and no, there is a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; it’s the legroom for the lies you will tell yourself in the future.   [Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart]

I said YES to BEginning radiation treatments for my lung. Today is #1. Even though I already had one treatment on the small tumor in my brain, I find myself a little at loose ends and I feel like I am running to keep up with my thoughtsandfeelings and no matter how hard or fast I run, they are BEyond my grasping.

I said YES to calling my dad yesterday. I got to talk to him!! He called me back!! We talked just over 3 minutes, but I heard his laugh and I definitely felt his smile. I said “I love you” but I did NOT tell him I am scared. That I wanted to hear my dad’s voice and knew the only way that would happen would BE if I did something.

Shrug off the no’s – they are temporary. This is your world. In your world there is only yes.   [Jolene Stockman, Total Blueprint for World Domination]

Yes…. YES. YES!!!

I love you, Currie

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 14 June 2014

Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.   [Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain]

I Am Responsible. I finally get this, but at exactly the Right Time. I create my Life. I make room for it to BE what it is. I CAN choose, always, my response. And as often I think I have really seen this, mostly it eludes me for a good while. And then some while more.

Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.   [Brenna Yovanoff, The Replacement]

Amen. So simply true and truly simple.

Logic in all its infinite potential, is the most dangerous of vices. For one can always find some form of logic to justify his action, and rest comfortably in the assurance, that what he did abides by reason. That is why, for us brittle beings, Intention is the only true weapon of peace.   [Ilyas Kassam]

I love this: “weapon of peace.”

What a good many things is Intention.

I love you, Currie

Friday, June 13, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 13 June 2014

The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know...Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.   [John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams]

I’m having one of those AZ Summer Brain Delays today. It was already 80 degrees at 5AM!!! Still, we did our walk and I am just kind of overloaded with ideas. Which is NOT a problem, though NOT exactly a Gratitude…

I BElieve deeply in Enough. It has been the best BElief I ever chose for myself.

That if you could acquire enough, accomplish enough, you’d never want to own or do another thing. That if you could eat or sleep enough, you’d never need more. That if enough people loved you, you’d stop needing love.   [Chuck Palahniuk, Choke]

Always BElieving in Enough is really pretty, the sound of it, but it’s really slippery and my path feels very dark sometimes. I slip over to chastising myself for having any thoughts that are regrets or even should haves.

I am learning more: Just Let Go. Almost as default. So I am all for Enoughness.

Sometimes it just seems that love is not enough, does it?   [Mary Balogh, The Devil's Web]

When you put it that way…

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 12 June 2014

Grief was like a newborn, and the first three months were hard as hell, but by six months you'd recognized defeat, shifted your life around, and made room for it.   [Ann Brashares, Sisterhood Everlasting]

I’ve been noticing this truth in several ways lately. It’s one way I am seeing the cancer thing. It’s also how I am viewing my disappointment about Hope Village NOT happening as I had hoped when I moved here.

I am good at making room for Change. At least I think I am. But mayBE I am just adapting. Anyway…

Maybe if the empty space inside her was filled with love there'd be no room for sad and dark things.   [Glenda Millard, A Small Free Kiss in the Dark]

MayBE Ifs are slippery slopes for me. MayBE If this then that would BE true. Therein lies the trouble.

MayBE If is best used for adjusting myself. MayBE If I try finding the pony in the poop then all this cancer stuff will BE more “fun” for it. Crazy?! Okay, perhaps. But it’s working. Can’t fault what works, eh?!

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.   [Dr. Seuss]

This is really just the way Life is. Good to know.

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 11 June 2014

There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.   [Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie]

There are some things that are so much an I knew that!!! but which nonetheless I forget again and again.

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.   [Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons]

I love this. The sound of it inside of me. The whole scope of its sensibility inspires me.

What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think - or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?   [Brene Brown]

I’m asking myself questions like this lately. I feel like a deer in headlights. I want to DO certain things and simultaneously I worry I might only BE DOing wrong things…

It is exhausting.

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 10 June 2014

Don't be afraid. You are never really alone. Just be yourself. You don't ever have to pretend you are someone else. If you try to do that, then you don't have anything to give the world. Accept and give your gifts with love.   [Jay Woodman]

This kind of encouragement is a good Plan BE, so I’m using it!!!

Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.   [Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland]

This is so how I feel about The Much I am BEing given Now.

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.   [Khalil Gibran, The Prophet]

I don’t know why it feels weird sometimes to share the things that are true for me out loud. But it does, so I honour that feeling in me, never giving them up, just waiting for clarity. It comes. Eventually.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.   [Mary Oliver]

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 9, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 9 June 2014

things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.   [Annie Dillard, The Writing Life]

I never really saw it this way. It’s always seemed like it was imperative to save for a rainy day, or to hold something back, just in case…

Think about what you alone know that no one else does. That one neat wonderful profound insight. It is fully yours. No one else on this planet of about six billion people understands it like you do.
Now, see if you can share it with someone. Bestow it, a gift of yourself.  
[Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration]

I’ve long BElieved that there is and never has been or will BE anyone exactly like ME, but when I see it in this light, when I consider that this is true for every single one of us, I am a little bit thrilled at it all.

In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority.    [Liz Armbruster]

This is one brilliant equation, eh?!

I love you, Currie

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 7 June 2014

Anything you can think of, anything you can imagine- is real.. somewhere. We dream of such things, here on earth, never realizing in our dream-state our minds are peering into other worlds.   [Anya Allyn, Paper Dolls]

Sometimes this is exactly what I know. And then there are the other times…

We are always imagining something, It is practically impossible to be awake without imagining something. Then why not imagine something at all times that will inspire the powers within us to do greater and greater things?   [Christian D. Larson]

It’s NOT to DO more or “greater” anything, but I have been finding my imagination a glorious companion walking through this cancer stuff. I have many times when I need to lie still and I have used that time to think on those things that deLIGHT and energise me. I feel this is just what I am meant to BE DOing.

We are treasure chests with more jewels inside than we can imagine.   [Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha]

Isn’t this just an extraordinary thought nugget?! I find such a comfort in words these days. I savour their nourishment and inspiration. an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.   [Dean Koontz, Dead and Alive]

Think of that. Isn’t that true?! Isn’t it really quite an ordinary extraordinary idea?!

I love you, Currie

Friday, June 6, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 6 June 2014

The world is a wide place where we stumble like children learning to walk. The world is a bright mosaic where we learn like children to see, where our little blurry eyes strive greedily to take in as much light and love and colour and detail as they can.
… The vastness at least reminds us how tiny we are, and how much we don't yet understand. We are mere babes in the universe, all brothers and sisters in the nursery together. We had better learn to play nicely before we're allowed out..... And we want to go out, don't we? ..... Into the distant humming welcoming darkness.   [Jay Woodman, SPAN]

It does seem to me that we are all of us just babies wandering in Life. I am more comfortable with this imagery when I find people and Life falling short of my expectations. Really makes a difference.

The trick is that as long as you know who you are and what makes you happy, it doesn't matter how others see you.  [Wendy Mass, Every Soul A Star]

It’s taken most of my Life up until Now to know what really makes me happy. And to realise that what others see [or think] matters NOT.

Fly without wings; 
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.  
[Dejan Stojanovic]

I love you, Currie

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 5 June 2014

The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.  [Stephen King, Different Seasons]

I know just what he means. I have been thinking about this a LOT lately.

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.  [Madeleine L'Engle]

Children are so very wise.

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.  [Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums]

I hope.

I love you, Currie

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 4 June 2014

You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too--even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.  [Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie]

It’s something, trusting strangers. I just have to BElieve this is unfolding exactly as it is meant to. And that I will land, wherever I land, on my feet.

We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.  [Alison Croggon]

I’ve tended toward thinking I am no better than my worst mistakes, but I can’t say I’ve spent time thinking about DOing wrong or “evil” at all. Sure, I have had my seasons of “meanness” driving the bus, but mostly I have wanted to BE kind. And loving. Helpful. Trustworthy.

Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story. (from 'Instructions')  [Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders]

Yes. Yes. Yes.

I love you, Currie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 3 June 2014

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination…
… Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.  [MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]  [Jim Jarmusch]

I often worry about the art I make and even the words I write. DO they speak in my voice or in those of my inspirations?!

Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.  [Walt Disney Company]

I try to live Life with this attitude. Staying curious is how I respect my creativity, and creativity generally.

… I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.  [Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha]

Makes me pause…

I love you, Currie

Monday, June 2, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 2 June 2014

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.  [Oprah Winfrey]

How wonderful to BE able to always remember this. I forget, DO you?! I BEgin to BElieve tomorrow is real and look at yesterday with astonishment. I completely lose the focus on this one moment BEing all that Life ever is or will BE.

Fairies ask that you breathe in and appreciate the vantage point from which you stand. Then trod carefully and respectfully with each intentional step you make across this beautiful land.  [Molly Friedenfeld]

I don’t think it is just fairies who ask this. I think this is what we all want to DO and how we all want to BE in Life. To fully inhabit our moments which are our Life. There is no summing up. No “right answer” or final gong. Just Breathe and BE and live. With your whole BEing and heart and mind and laughter. And tears.

Memory, when it juts, retreats, recovers, shows us how to hold the darkness, how to breathe.  [Drew Myron, Thin Skin]

This is really something. These words that feel like my own but are NOT at all…

Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.  [K.A. Tucker, Ten Tiny Breaths]

I love you, Currie