In between the mosquito bites and the girl on the bike yelling “Lady why you sittin like that!?” I had this amazing moment of feeling like grass, sun, sky, clouds, bugs, chlorophyll were vibrating and translucent and so much smarter than me. I was the rookie. But life’s a pick up game so join the fray.
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about…
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
Attn: Congress, doomsdayers, naysayers, et al.
One night they told me I would be shot at sunrise,” Khet said. “So, you see, I was completely free.” I stopped him. How did he figure that one? Khet smiled. “Things could not be worse,” he explained, “so I was free to take any opportunity that came.”
And an opportunity did come. As he and some other prisoners were being led to the execution ground, Khet bolted, running for a weak spot in the wire fences. He fully expected to be shot, but the other prisoners distracted the guards enough to spoil their aim. Khet escaped into the jungle.
“You see? My fellow prisoners were free, too,” he said. “No matter what happens to your body, madame, if your heart is free, you are free.” —Martha Beck, The 5-Step Plan to Get Unstuck and Follow Your Dreams
Had a long talk with Miss Sara last night about the state of the world.
Everything is wildly out of balance. We’re a planet in need of a chiropractor.
Men and women are not operating in equal capacities. We pay farmworkers nothing in terrible conditions and other people minimum wage to serve us fast food because we have no idea how to cook or plant our own food. We are nutritionally bereft because corporate food doesn’t care about how much fiber or antioxidants a human body needs. We grow animals in factories, kill them with machines. We send old people to nursing homes when they could be teaching how to can food and garden and sew things. We buy into cheap corporate entertainment instead of making our own art during those primetime hours. We let our cluttered minds give us heartburn and anxiety instead of calming them with meditation and prayer and nature. We use each other up in relationships like emotional punching bags instead of learning how to communicate because we are a “ME” culture of instant gratification. We judge each other by porn star standards instead of as human beings. We stick ourselves in cubicles because we’re taught we have no right to go into business for ourselves or do what we love. As a country we use up more of the world’s resources than any other country, yet throw them away like a plastic bottle.
Ask yourself, what would your life have been like 200 years ago? You wouldn’t have the rights you have today and you might die young. But you’d be growing your own food and have an artisanal trade that the community actually appreciated.
Modern life has brought us wonderful things. The fight for human rights, universal education, life saving medications, the internet, airplanes and air conditioning. But we need to balance the old with the new. Start already. Go can something.
My brother and his friend Addie brought this up.
For me it’s been singing, history, and activism. I have met so many wonderful people and gone on so many adventures. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
- The Talks: Do you get the most inspiration from nature? It is the ultimate beauty, after all.
- Tom Ford: Yes, nature is the closest thing to God and I don’t mean God by any sort of religion but by the connection to the universe, which I think we have lost. The American Indians had that and where I live is actually the center of the Anasazi Indian civilization. I even have two huge Anasazi ruins on the property of my ranch. I am not saying that there definitely is some sort of spirituality coming from there, but there might be. When you are close to the earth and you get up when the sun comes up and you go to sleep when it goes down, it puts everything in perspective.
- The Talks: Really?
- Tom Ford: Yes, all the rest of this crap just fades away. We’ve lost our contact with the earth. Dogs don’t have guilt, dogs don’t have insecurity complexes, dogs don’t think that they need a bigger house than the other dog. Dogs are just completely themselves. They’re very in touch, they’re not thinking about their death. They are just rolling on their back, enjoying what that feels like. I think that is sort of the appeal of animals in our lives; that is what’s important.