There is a great river in Africa known as The Zambezi. It’s one of the top whitewater rafting spots in the world, and it’s replete with crocodiles and hippos. In other words, there are more than a few ways to die on the great river, and in that it’s a lot like life. When faced with the wild majesty that is a human life, there are two maybe three ways to play it: you can stay your arse on the shore where your odds of being eaten by a crocodile or charged by a hippo are relatively low. You can dip your boat in the river but try to stay close to the relative safety of shore. Or, you can raft the darn thing, with all the glory and risk that entails.
I’m the raft the river type. I asked my mother, once, what she thought of me when I was a child. She said, “I thought you were adventurous, and tried my best to rid you of that. I was afraid you’d jump off the roof.” What she didn’t know is that I may have been young, but I had good sense. Not once have I jumped off a roof. I’m more the cliff jumping type. I jumped off the cliff into the creative life, and I’ve never regretted taking the leap of faith. Life, my life, is about the adventure, it’s about the journey we take through the rough terrain of a human life.
Tags: Courage, The Story Of Your Life
Every now and then, I come across a piece of journalism that makes me pause and fall in love with language all over again. Cathy Horyn’s “Freedom Of Choices,” from last Sunday’s New York Times Style section is such a piece. Horyn, ostensibly a fashion journalist, took it deeper this time (and helped prove a point I’ve made, over and again, that fashion, one of my “shallow” pleasures, has something deeper to say about creativity, about identity, about the footprint we leave on the planet, about the value we place on the handwork of artisans, whether in an Italian workshop or a Kenyan village, about disposability versus living in and with our things, about whether we believe that all people deserve a living wage).
Tags: Art, Cathy Horyn, Courage, David Zwirner Gallery, Francis Alÿs, Freedom, The Culture
One of the many things I’ve learned from Brené Brown, author of the bestseller, Dare Greatly, is the meaning of the word courage. It’s from the Latin, “cour”, meaning “heart”, and the original definition is “to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” What Brown has to say about courage and vulnerability, and the role vulnerability plays in our ability to live realized lives, will break open your heart, and break down the walls of shame and unworthiness that have kept you from the life you deserve to live.
Tags: Brené Brown, Courage, Dare Greatly, Revel World Revel Life, TED, The Vision, Vulnerability