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We really need more bike friendly areas in the entire Miami-Dade County area.
Amid the noise,
Among the crowd;
Stand in perfect poise
But hide in a shroud.
In the dark I see with my heart.
Light fills the room when there is no more to part.
This photo belongs to FaintedColors’ photostream on flickr.com
So enter 2013, can we take a moment to think about that for a second? You see, to me, a new year always brings with it a sense of anxiety that is not necessarily bad. A little bit of anxiety seems to motivate me into getting things done and making a better me. Of course some Yogi tea was in order because I was trying to veg-out and my incessant nature of needing to accomplish something was hankering at me. I told myself that I was going to relax for a whole day and I did, for the most part, but without thinking about productivity and what I want 2013 to do for me. As I sipped my Kava root tea I thought about the direction I want to go, the things I have yet to accomplish and the people I still need to show gratitude for.
I want to take my career in a solid direction – I love technology, helping people and using my knowledge to create meaningful things. In reality I am a crafts-woman, I build things; whether they are computers, websites, productions, gardens, schools, storyboards, or films. I take pleasure in making things work and putting my final touches on it, after all an artist is only as unique as her art. I remember walking with a friend of mine during Art Basel and I was asked, ‘so what is it that you really like to do?” I said “making things work and finding the stories in life that are so wonderful and beautiful, yet overlooked because at first glance it seems dull and (in the words of big TV and movie executives) not very profitable.” I got told “wow, that’s deep” as if I were an oddball (well maybe I am a little bit of an oddball, but I like it). Everyday I thank the stars for the struggles and false starts that you would seem to think were failure. In reality, it was triumph over what everyone else thought I should be, I won the person I want to be not the one people expected me to be.
My personal life fills me with joy and I want to continue to harbor and nourish my fulfillment by surrounding myself with the people I love and love me back. The night the clock stroke midnight and I bid farewell to 2012, I observed things within in my surroundings which – in turn – made me observe things in myself. Here’s what I learned for 2013 – the happier you are the more you must guard your spirit from those who may not be as happy. Show kindness to these people and be strong when they test you and your patience, these are the folks that want to invoke the insecurities in you so that it reflects the ones in themselves. Recognize those with true light in their hearts, encourage them to be as awesome as you know they can, tell them you are pulling for them all the way and that they rock. Generosity is a commendable virtue and we can be generous but we also have to remember that taking care of our own is a priority. Only after we are certain to be standing on the strongest foundation built by our own two hands is when we can help others and even then people will recognize your generosity and extend hands falsely. A true craftsmen knows that the things she (he) builds can never be broken or damaged by anyone else except themselves. Your spirit is your own and only you can determine whether others will hack at it to destroy it – the power is yours, not theirs. Those who are around you and make you feel calmer, encourage positive vibes and well being are the ones that belong there – you know who they are, honor and respect them.
We all have our rituals, its a cultural thing, some of us eat twelve grapes at midnight, others walk around the house with a suit case to promote travel and a good amount of us kiss our love at midnight. Last night I had a great meal with family, it was the first dinner of the New Year and everyone was calm. We were dressed in comfy clothes, we ate and drank from disposable (and recyclable china) and the chefs prepared a very healthy meal – so we started our year right; no drama, no frills and genuineness. The glitzier things appear the less real they are. Rhinestones always shine in the light but take no time to become dull, diamonds take a long time to shine but the more time passes, the brighter and shinier they become. How about we buck up, recognize what is real and kick 2013 in the butt so it has no choice but to do everything you need it to do for you.
There are a few moments that pass in our lives meant to put us on the foregoing path or drive us away from walking off a cliff. Then there are those moments when you are exactly where you need to be and standing next to a person who is supposed to be there with you. Your soul tells you yes and the universe winks at you. Its almost like you’ve known that person your entire life and its just right.
Whether you plan on building a life, or just a sculpture with Lego’s, you know when it is time to pay attention to that which has been put in front of you. The building blocks of love begin on the foundation of loyalty and truth. Being true to yourself and understanding the truth in how this person makes you feel sounds so easy but yet its the most difficult to accept.
Mysteries of how emotions stir your physical being may never be answered with one specific answer but when someone feels like home to you it feels so good. Although life is about taking in the journey, there are some rest stops on the road where your life begins to build. You may not even get it at first (or even trust that it may be happening) but time will tell and if the more time passes, the more you feel like home belongs close to them then the building of this life is underway. People in your life are there for a reason, especially the ones you fall in love with.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
– Lao Tzu
It hit me during lunch today as I was enjoying the company of a colleague I had not seen in the flesh in over five years. I am compelled to say “in the flesh” because we are all aware of each other’s presence online thanks to social media. Our perception of who we are has shifted from knowing who we are to knowing what we are online. It suddenly becomes a matter of what we look like on the computer monitor or how many places you have checked into, just to make sure the rest of your online friends are aware of the amazing things you are doing.
The last couple of years we take group photos and prompt the whole thing with the famous words “let’s take a picture for Facebook.” Where did the line that says “let’s take a picture of this awesome moment so we don’t forget it” go? I challenge you to stop looking through that viewfinder that is your camera phone and start feeling the moments around you.
There will always be a reality behind the doors of perception. Evil lurks in places you think may be good and people harbor truth in their soul – regardless of what they want you to perceive. People in India right now are getting ready to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. They share their time together and light rows of candles as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It also signifies a time in history when Mahavira reached nirvana in 527 BC.
To liberate one’s self, Mahavira taught the necessity of right faith (samyak-darshana), right knowledge (samyak-gyana), and right conduct (samyak-charitra’). Of course in order to reach our own versions of nirvana we need to connect to what is the most real thing in our lives, and that would be the person that lies within your soul (not the one that lives on your computer screen). Three simple concepts to opening the doors of perception into a blissful state full of light; faith, knowledge and conduct.
Take the time today to reach the truth in yourself, once you have come to happy terms with your truth be honest with the people you have chosen to surround yourself with. Love and light can only prosper in truth.