turmeric

Turmeric Tea

He stays in his crate.
Hot water boils.
Sleep is in air.
It’s quiet, except for cars whizzing like the drone of a white noise machine.

I reuse old tea bags.
Kill me.
Tea warms my chin as I type.
I breathe in the earthy smell of turmeric and ginger.

I am thinking stillness.
I am watching the heart carefully open its windows.
I must remain still, allow Grace to unfold.
Or do I disturb it? Say, “This is me! Look at me!”

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helpless romantic

As we sit in the editing room with our next short film, we look back at our last one:

A hopelessly romantic introvert is coerced by her friends into trying a dating app. What ensues are the mishaps of searching for true love on the interweb. Can a hopeless romantic thrive in the age of online dating?

Sweat, tears, joy and absolute exhilaration.
iHeart, we heart you still.
#MadeinNewYork #STFteam #DreamsComeTrue #RomCom #Romantic

okja. watch now.

“Okja takes the meaning of “man’s best friend” to new heights: except this time the man is a young Korean girl, and the best friend is a massive factory-made super pig.”
-Kevin Mozulay, Rotten Tomatoes

Watch this film now.

GRIT

What is Grit? The disposition to pursue very long term goals with passion and perseverance. It is sticking with things over the long term and then working very hard at it. Grit is living life like a marathon, not a sprint. 

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

The giver and the giver

I had a friend whose mother packed her lunch every day for school when she was in first grade. It was later discovered that the child had been giving away half of her food each afternoon to another first grader whose parents couldn’t afford packed lunches.

Instead of berating the child for sharing her only sustenance, her mother began sending her to school with two lunches—one for her, and one for her classmate.

This is the essence of how reciprocity works: as the child shared what she had, she eventually received even more of it to give. In other words, reciprocity is between the giver and the giver, not the giver and the receiver.

Light

dear sugar

Cheryl Strayed Dear Sugar

Sunday morning.
The sun peeps through clouds.
I am dreaming of another time, another place, another life.
I look around and imagine life behind another’s closed doors.

I think of Dear Sugar, of Cheryl Strayed.
What a powerhouse.
A heart as big as houses.
As dense, mysterious and spacious as that corner one over there, with the high-reaching trees that guard it.

I think of the vulnerability of humans.
How we seek help from strangers, without filter, without fear.
Parental issues, a miscarriage, an affair, coming out, etc.
Here we are asking each other to hold our hand, to be there as we walk through a dark patch.
Cheryl, Dear sugar, is a real Street Level Miracle.
Radically empathetic.

Take a listen or read the book some time.

100% is a breeze

“Successful people adhere to the ‘no exceptions rule’ when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Non-negotiable. Case closed! Over and out.”

— Jack Canfield, from The Success Principles

When we figure out what we are fully committed to in our life, it usually involves taking on new habits—and the thing with any new habit is this: “99% is a bitch, and 100% is a breeze.”

In other words, if we have to debate and negotiate with ourself every day about whether or not we’re going to honor our commitment, there’s a high probability that we’re going to eventually revert back to our old ways… especially when the voice kicks in. You know the voice: “You deserve a little more sleep this morning.” “Take a day off.” “No need to be so rigid.” “Nobody will know you skipped.”

Making our new habits non-negotiable may indeed sound rigid at first, but it can also be quite liberating, because we don’t have to waste our time and energy trying to decide whether today is going to be the day we break.

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Light Watkins