Category: Poetry

Life & Philosophy Poetry Productivity & Work

You can be anything you want and then some

“You can’t be anything you want,” said comedian Chris Rock. “You can be anything you’re good at, as long as they’re hiring.”

You need the cash. But you also need to expand your cognitive horizon and let your mind search for its own stimulation.

The artist thrives on autonomy and control. But they also benefit from the extra variety of dimensions that spill over into other areas of work and life.

What you do on the side is more important than anything you do for the money. It all bleeds and blends into a spiderweb of output.

Life & Philosophy Poetry

The space between our ears

The space between our ears, where what we know or think we know contrasts the reality of what we should see.

For some people, mental chatter precedes vision. The ignorant always risk being blindsided.

We are the opposite of a child, turning a blind eye to the openness that foments growth. As adults, we stop asking ‘why' at the most fundamental level.

But the obstacle is the way.

Stuck in a cobweb of exciting lies, unable to dust away the boredom of truth. Reality is too sober, but that's also why it works. It keeps us grounded in the facts.

Life & Philosophy Poetry Uncategorized

Facing opposites

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We want to reduce the stress in our lives, yet we keep piling on the number of things we need to do. We travel arms wide open into a tidal wave of responsibilities.

We want to restrict the data tech companies collect from us, yet we swipe right at consent. All terms, all conditions, in favor of the Leviathan.

We want to think we're a curious bunch, open to a world unknown, yet act like novices at the ways of seeing. What is new leads somewhere new, absent the spot.

We meditate to detach the mind from surfeit consciousness when simply going for a walk, doing the dishes, or shooting hoops produces the same relaxing effect. With little effort, the neuronal spike trains intensify in voltage.

Opposite to everything, without opposition to anything. Whatever one says is true, the opposite is equally true.

Arts Life & Philosophy Poetry Psychology

Have an exaggerated sense of curiosity

We’re all fake artists, winging it to chase our dreams while simultaneously masking our vulnerabilities.

It isn’t a thorny question of attribution. We all steal ideas from each other and recast them as our own.

But having an exaggerated sense of curiosity pays off. The cash value of policing thoughts means that we can better sew the past, present, and the future altogether.

We are one, in mind and spirit. The only drawback is fabricating the best self that meets the lofty ambitions of others.

Nothing is fake if the desire is real. All we can do is float into the canvass of our dreams.

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Daily Prompts Life & Philosophy Poetry Uncategorized

Assume everything and nothing

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We suffer from a surfeit of choice. Stuck in indecision, we end up doing nothing at all. Perhaps inertia is the best solution in these dizzying times. Instead of forcing the issue, we let nature take its course.

But more often than not, life doesn't move unless we do. It begs for action and a subsequent reaction. Even more, in doing, we realize how much more is invisible.

Passivity and dynamism coexist

Surrounded by a morass of distraction machines, it's no wonder we permit the frustration of ‘what's next' chip away at our patience. “Patience is the key to joy,” wrote Rumi.

Staring into nature's green space may not solve our problem, but it will help us think expansively. We can assume that the best answer lies beyond us. That is until we realize that the answer cramped inside us all along.

The wait never means never if we never get tired of waiting it out right now.

The search continues.

Life & Philosophy Poetry Psychology

The reeducation of emotion

At peace with the thinking, not always with the thought. We react first, then we deduce.

Understanding inhibits the worst of our emotions and potential actions. We aim for a holistic response or lack thereof.

Stoic in our appeal, we’ve taken all into account still setting time aside for reflection. Listening closely, the drill is to waft and then review.

Quick on our feet, even faster in perspective. Don’t meet rudeness with rudeness. Collisions of thought require rewriting. Emotional intelligence is a skill that keeps on giving.

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