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THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY
(everyday aesthetics)
Exclamation and Question Marks

As I write this morning, I delight in slowing sipping and savoring my cup of coffee aesthetically. (“Aesthetic” — “Adjective; concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. Giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty; or pleasing appearance.”) I’m feeling the pleasing strong solid weigh of the clay mug as I move it to my lips, delighting in the distinctive taste of the Colombian mix coffee, โ€ฆ touching my lips, moving in my mouth, sliding on my tongue — an experience of the extraordinary in the ordinary, of aesthetic awareness, pleasing, grateful appreciation — like making-love with my morning cup of coffee! She’s sensuous and sexy!

Here’s something I received yesterday which I like, written by friend James Bortell. — rb

“I didnโ€™t know that exclamation marks were controversial. Then I went to Google and found grammarians have many opinions about them. I even found an entire article in the Atlantic Monthly on exclamation marksโ€”what they mean and how often they are used. Rather than belabor a subject grammarians canโ€™t get together on, here are my definitions of an exclamation mark:

โ€ฆsomething deserving of excitement, of being dazzled or amazed,
โ€ฆsomething very ordinary that on second look is extraordinary,
โ€ฆtaking note of something,
โ€ฆsomething calling for our response to a need–a cry for help, healing or an injustice.

If we have eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to think, and hearts to feel every day we are standing in front of exclamation marksโ€”a tree, flower, child, friend, family member, the sun, the sky and on and on.”

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Yes, yes, exclamation marks visibly and invisibly hover over most everything — standing in front of our eyes, wiggling round in our noses, spiraling in our ears, dancing on our tongues, tingling on our skin. When we “come to our senses”, the secular and the spirit-ual become blended into One and bridge the seeming separation between things. We become more balanced and whole as we “get it together” — brains, body, spirit, heart, mind and soul.

Yes and I en-joy EXCLAMATION MARKS together with QUESTION MARKS– discovery and wonder, wonder and discovery. We can balance our inner-adult with our inner-child. A child is a living, breathing, vibrating, playful question mark of delightful, joyful WONDER. To a child the entire world is a wonder-full playground of possible and act-u-all delight. Jesus of Nazareth said: “You must become as a little child.” (Not childish, but childlike.)

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Beauty abides in common things
If only we choose to see it
And grace will turn our limbs to wings
If only we choose to free it

— Mitch Teemley —

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As a youth, I can remember overhearing my mother telling other adults that little kids don’t need expensive fancy toys, that they can have just as much fun playing with ordinary everyday things — like spoons, pans, roller pins, balls, string, rubber bands, boxes, bowls, paper cups, rocks, seashells, mud-pies, pillows, towels, mirrors, hats, shoes, socks, buckets, water, stones, trees, sticks, rope, belts, puppies, kittens, lightning bugs, and yes even worms.

Children can and do delightfully and playfully transform question marks into exclamation points! So can we — a hug, a kiss, a dance, a walk in the woods, watching a sunset or art-in-motion clouds, tasting some delicious delight, listening to music or song, receiving-giving a massage, bathing in a tub, jacuzzi or swimming pool, lake or ocean, painting a picture, writing a letter or poem โ€ฆ and making lots of love, โ€ฆ doing a caring Zorb-id-ic dance of love with all the wonder-full, savory, tasty, de-light-full world!

Contemplate a simple bowl’s four characteristics essential to its existential condition: emptiness, fullness, broken and whole. Is not such our actual lives? Yes, such is our wonderful earthy human lives!
The extraordinary is revealed in the ordinary.

We don’t have to walk on water — we can gratefully marvel in the miracle of walking on earth!

May we take off our shoes — the ground upon we walk is holy ground.

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BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL
(a grateful look in the mirror)

Behold the beauty
in the warrior’s wound, scar and limp,

Behold the beauty
in the young wayward prostitute and pimp,

Behold the beauty
in the aging women’s wrinkling-crinkling skin,

Behold the beauty
in brokenness, missing the mark and stupid sin,

Behold the beauty
in the tattered, torn and forlorn,
in all that is lacked,
all that is cracked,
in the imperfections of all that is born.

Look at the world
through the eyes of the Divine Mother

holding with strong-warm arms,
gazing with unconditional outrageous love
upon her beloved small child,
perfectly-imperfect-beautiful,
securely held in the Beloved’s surrounding embrace —

as She looks at you
looking through your eyes,
the eyes of Love.

You, S/he, We
are One,

in a uni-verse of singing,
being sung,
in a seamless, yet not featureless
symphony of love.

How beautiful it is!

———–

Ring the bells that still can ring.

“Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
Thatโ€™s how the light gets in.”

~ Leonard Cohen

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โ€œThe real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.โ€ โ€”Thomas Edison

Most projects start with confidence. Weโ€™re going to crush this! Then come the mistakes. We squirm. We become riddled with self-doubt. Suddenly the prospect of success seems like a dim light bulb.

At some point, though, we come to accept that screwing up is a key part of the creative process. Think about how kids play: They donโ€™t think, they just do. And if the whole contraption comes crashing to the floor, they laugh at the mess and start over. (Or throw a fit, but hey, theyโ€™re learning about emotion, too!) Point is, when you embrace setbacks and donโ€™t let them cripple you, youโ€™re more likely to get across the finish line.

Maybe we should stop talking about failure and call our botched projects โ€œexperiments.” And letโ€™s take a cue from Edison and crowd as many experiments into 24 hours as we can. Here are eight ways to fail your way forward.


1. Keep it basic
Donโ€™t start by trying to find a fully developed solution to a problem. Keep fidelity low at first to allow others to see the possibility in the idea, not the flaws. The higher the polish, the more likely youโ€™ll get the wrong kind of feedback.


2. Design impossible tasks
Such as: How might we create a new color? How might we live forever? Moonshoot thinking frees us from limiting ourselves, helping us produce a bunch of wild ideas. None of them will be right, but theyโ€™ll rev the engine of our imagination.


3. Donโ€™t assume your final format
What are you making? Will you be hand sketching? Wireframing? Sculpting out of modeling clay? Drafting a written piece? Even when our end goal is to end up on screen, it is often helpful to start in a different mediumโ€”and maybe a tactile one.


4. Set a goal for failure
Follow this advice from 100 Days of Rejection by Jian Jiang: โ€œWe will fail at least 30 times before we figure out the right solution.โ€ Lowering the stakes and making a solution less precious makes it easier to generate a bounty of ideas to build from.


5. โ€œThis is a bad idea, butโ€ฆโ€
Every time you throw out an idea, start with, โ€œThis is a bad idea, but what ifโ€ฆโ€ That helps you practice non-attachment and prepare for the reality that most of your ideas wonโ€™t stick.


6. The Shame Gong
Every time someone makes a mistake or fails, hit the gong and have the team whisper “shame” in unison. It actually lowers the barrier for admitting to failure and makes for more honest, less bullshitty brainstorms. It also lightens the mood when youโ€™re struggling with a particularly tough challenge or client. Plus: Ringing a gong is just fun. Missed a line item from the plan? Shame. Couldn’t guess the grape of the wine at happy hour? Shame!


7. The mis-name game
Walk around the room and loudly, courageously, and boldly point at objects and yell out the wrong name for them. Do this for three to four minutes. Then pause and debrief. What was that like? Why was it difficult? There is a stubborn voice in your head telling you what is wrong, infeasible, impractical, too risky. The exercise reminds us that thereโ€™s a voice enforcing our fear of failure that can overpower our ability to take creative risks. Our job is to learn how to quiet that voice at the right moments to break out of the expected.


8. Worst experience ever
Design the WORST _blank_ experience ever (airplane/shopping/dining/laundry) and really encourage people to visualize it. Then use that to design the best version using an insight you learned from the worst. So, if the worst dining experience involved a waiter who would not leave you alone on a romantic date, what does that say about the key elements that make or break a date?

One final note for aspiring leaders: Donโ€™t be afraid to talk about past failures and what you learned from them. Admitting failure will help your team gracefully shut down initiatives that arenโ€™t working and move on to the next thing. Now get out there and gong.

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Promise:

Promise?
What is a promise ?
Is it a commitment ?
Is it possible to stand by a commited word you used ?
Words can cause many feelings
Happy, sad, frustrated.
Imagine that!
One ” word “
Changes your dreams.
Oh my,
What a sensitive world we
Live in

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY ~

Word of the day ๐Ÿ˜

Krukolibidinous
(KRUK-oh-li-BID-in-us)
Adjective:
-Describing someone who is aroused by looking at someoneโ€™s crotch.

From croc “hook” meaning “region where the body forks” + Late Middle English libidinous from Latin libidinosus, from libido ‘desire, lustโ€™. First Known Use: 15th century

Used in a sentence:
โ€œIโ€™m leaving, this beach is full of krukolibidinous gongoozlers.โ€

Thought for the day ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

An older man wanted to get married. He was having trouble choosing among three likely candidates. He gives
each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.

The first does a total makeover. She goes to a fancy beauty salon, gets her hair done, new makeup; buys
several new outfits and dresses up very nicely for the man. She tells him that she has done this to be more
attractive for him because she loves him so much.

The man was impressed.

The second goes shopping to buy the man gifts. She gets him a new set of golf clubs, some new gizmos for his
computer, and some expensive clothes. As she presents these gifts, she tells him that she has spent all the
money on him because she loves him so much..

Again, the man is impressed.

The third invests the money in the stock market She earns several times the $5,000. She gives him back his
$5,000 and reinvests the remainder in a joint account. She tells him that she wants to save for their future
because she loves him so much.

Obviously, the man was impressed.

The man thought for a long time about what each woman had done with the money he’d given her.

Then he married the one with the biggest tits!

Men are like that, you know.

And on another note!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer’s research. This
means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and
absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

If you don’t send this to five OLD friends right away there will be five fewer people laughing in the world……