no days off

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Bob Marley was shot in his home just two days before he was set to headline a free concert to help unite the political factions in Jamaica. He was warned of more violence if he appeared on stage.

However, he refused to let the threats of violence or his poor health deter him, and ended up delivering an inspired performance before 80,000 of his countrymen—one of the most impactful shows of his career.

When asked why he still played the concert even after being shot and threatened, Bob explained, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. So how can I?”
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faith

Beatles: Eight Days A Week

“We had to have faith in each other.”

We grew up quickly
Shot through the air like a canon ball
Yet, beware!, they said
All canon balls fall, they warned.
I see them
Those, down there, waiting for your collapse.
“Today is the day,” they said.

How do you stay creative?
Whether it’s the world offered to you on a silver spoon
Or,
In the thick of life’s drudgery,
Where monotony and struggle are your best friends
And
Spoons are only bought from Salvation Army.
Either one —
One must decide to stay creative.
Cuz both worlds choke.

“We had to have faith in each other.”

It can be so emotional
It’s such a universal feeling.
The bigger picture of the bigger Self being revealed.
We must keep the faith.
Get back in the creative zone and do it, even if it sucks.
Why?
Cuz everyone is saying not to
And a crowd of “Who cares?” are waiting for your fire to dim out.
Cuz, they say,
“It will not happen today.”

Nope.
Not today.

get swept under

I don’t want to be your friend
I just want to be your lover
No matter how it ends
No matter how it starts

Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine
Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine

Fall off the table
Get swept under
Denial, denial

The infrastructure will collapse
Voltage spikes
Throw your keys in the bowl
Kiss your husband goodnight

Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine
Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine

Fall off the table
And get swept under

Denial, denial
Denial, denial
Your ears should be burning
Denial, denial
Your ears should be burning

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Radiohead, House of Cards
#dancebreak

i’m ready

I want to
I want to be someone else or I’ll explode
Floatin’ upon this surface for the birds
The birds
The birds

You want me?
Fuckin’ well, come and find me
I’ll be waitin’
With a gun and a pack of sandwiches
And nothin’
Nothin’
Nothin’

You want me?
Well, come and break the door down
You want me?
Fuckin’ come and break the door down
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready
I’m ready,
I’m ready

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Radiohead, Talk Show Host
#dancebreak

our final impression

our final impressions

I’ve noticed how at funerals, no one talks about the financial accomplishments of the deceased—you know, whether they had good credit, or were the top salesman in their territory, or how they never missed a car payment.

By and large, people remember our personal interactions. They remember how we made them feel. They remember the times when we stood up for them, and those inspiring moments when we displayed a zest for life.

Knowing this, what if we lived today as though our personal interactions with friends, family, children, spouses, and strangers were the true measure of a successful life?

What if we treated each personal interaction and conversation and moment of inspiration that we have today as a precious opportunity to invest in our final impression as a human being?

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jazz for cows

This video reminds me of something I’ve heard mentioned several times during my numerous trips to India: that all of nature is sentient (responsive)—not just the cows, but the birds, the flowers, the rivers, and the trees too. Basically, all flora and fauna can not only receive our attention, but can reciprocate it as well.

How fascinating!

As an experiment, what if we pretend that all of the plants and flowers we pass can indeed reciprocate our attention? Let’s serenade them with our songs, acknowledgments, or positive vibes. Sounds hokey, I know, but I dare you 🙂

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Light Watkins