cultivating & crashing

an organic collection of notes, observations, and thoughts

Tag: wisdom

Death and smallness

Bergoglio:
No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.

This reminds me strongly of the idea that we cannot live fully unless we’ve come to terms with our mortality.

Ik zit met een ei

I sit with an egg

You have to sit with the egg, which is uncomfortable, and commit to doing that in order for the egg to turn into a chicken, which is what you want. Otherwise, nothing will come of it.

Stolen from a DeviantArt page that no longer exists:

In Belgium we have an expression: “Ik zit met een ei.” Which literally means: “I’m sitting with an egg on my mind”.
The egg actually symbolizes an unborn idea or a problem you’re stuck with.
When the egg will hatch, remains the question.

On veut tout

Par Ariane Moffatt

Je veux tout, toi et les autres aussi,
Aux quatre coins de ma vie.
Sur les cœurs il n’y a pas de prix,
Je veux tout, tout de suite et ici.
Je veux tout l’image claire et la floue,
Sur mes sentiments illimités.
Je travaille pour l’amour sans rendez-vous,
Je veux voler sans me faire attraper.

Le vide, je vais le remplir,
De bon ou de mauvais souvenirs.
Le vide, je veux le remplir,
Avant que mon âme ne s’assèche et que je craque.

Je veux tout, le silence et les promesses,
Le rigide et la souplesse.
Je veux tout, l’anarchie et la sagesse,
Ton sourire et puis tes fesses.
Je veux tout, toi et tous tes amis,
Pour tracer mes jours et mes nuits.
Sur les cœurs, il n’y a pas de prix,
Je veux tout, tout de suite et ici.
Je veux tout, tout de suite et ici.

Le vide, je vais le remplir,
De bons ou de mauvais souvenirs.
Le vide, je veux le remplir,
Avant que mon âme ne s’assèche et que je craque.

Je veux tout, toi et les autres aussi,
Au quatre coins de ma vie.
Sur les cœurs, il n’y a pas de prix,
Je veux tout, tout de suite et ici.
Je veux tout, tout de suite et ici.

lessons from the Honours Seminar

Separate ideas and ego. Your work is not you, your ideas are not you. Don’t be defensive.

Being wrong is good. It is only from critique and making mistakes that we learn.

Biases are beautiful. They are what inspire us and motivate us to do our work. Embrace them, but understand them first.

Amar

the white road journey

Lately I’ve been confused and struggling with the need to do what I can to keep my head above water and trying to understand how to fit in living according to the principles I find so important to cultivating integrity. And then I run into this, from Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business.

You must take a leap of faith

You must listen to your gut

You must travel light

Detailed map required

It’s about simplicity — eat, sleep, ride

You desire to find new roads — sometimes there is no road

Hundreds of choices

Risk in is your hands

It’s fun

You must be sensitive to local culture

You must be creative

You must be open to change

Sense of humor needed

It’s quiet

You must be honest

You must trust your fellow riders

It’s often adventurous

There is freedom

“Simplicity”

Eat. Sleep. Ride.

Eat. Sleep. Ride.
Eat. Sleep. Ride.

Eat.
Sleep.
Ride.
Eat. Sleep. Ride.

Eat.

Sleep.
Ride.
Eat. Sleep. Ride. Get the point?

Jay and I stripped our lives down to the basics on our white-road journey. Simplicity became the trip’s theme.

Somehow, someway, I will find a way to live my life in a way that is positive, even if set in a system that is fundamentally based on a zero-sum game in which one’s ascent depends on another’s fall.

As an aside, my response to Che’s Marxist idealism is Burgess’ message in A Clockwork Orange: evil is chosen bad or forced good.