Affirmation or Discovery?

Lee Broom

Achieve or Acquire?

Motivate or Inspire?

Be or Do?

 

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PERFECT MUSIC…..

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by Frank Marvin Blasingame

I am listening to Ravel’s Bolero. Ravel claimed this piece of music was meant only as an exercise. Little did he know how much exercise would be generated in years to come by the enthusiastic response to this music.
In 1958 there was a story taking place in my life that included my first introduction to Bolero. My experience included hearing these words. “Bolero is the perfect music to make love to.”
In 1977 I partnered with a movie producer friend, Peter Bogdonavitch in a major art show which included an invitation-only film about the production of our presentation. Over coffee I told Peter of my experience in the fifties and repeated the quotation. He grabbed a napkin and a pen and said “Mind if I use this?” referring to the quote.
I nodded yes. The following day Peter told a pal of his, Blake Edwards and Mr Edwards who was already in production for “Ten” starring Bo Derek and Julie Andrews said “Yes” and he put the perfectly quoted “Bolero is the perfect music to make love to.” into the film.

 

PARTICLES OF GREATNESS

 

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These are some of the books and the authors who wrote them that helped to point me in the direction that Morris calls Leeward.

EINSTEIN The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark.

MEISTER ECKERT TEACHER AND PREACHER edited by Bernard McGinn

THE MUMMY CONGRESS by Heather Pringle

SPARKS of GENIUS by ROBERT AND MICHELE ROOT-BERNSTEIN

THE GOD PARTICLE BY LEON LEDERMAN WITH DICK TERESI

THE VOICE OF REASON BY AYN RAND

REFLECTIONS FROM THE SHINING BROW by KAMAL AMIN

THE PORTABLE VOLTAIRE edited by BEN RAY REDMAN

MY HOPE FOR PEACE by Jehan Sadat

AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE by Victoria Fromkin and Robert Rodman

WISDOM of the AGES by Wayne W. Dyer. This is a very useful book. each chapter begins with a quote from a famous thinker from history following with insightful comments.

THE LOST CIVILIZATIONS OF THE STONE AGE
by Richard Rudgely

100 GREAT OPERAS by Henry W. Simon

YOUTUBE FOR BUSINESS by Michael Miller

BECOMING A PERSON OF INFLUENCE by John C Maxwell and Jim Dornan.

GÖDEL, ESCHER, BACH: an eternal golden braid. Douglas R. Hofstadter

EXCURSIONS: Essays for all Seasons by KAMAL AMIN. I’ve known this man since 1977. A close friend, a brilliant thinker, Kamal is in demand as a public speaker at home and abroad.

 

SMALL CHANGE

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When cell phones became popular so did certain new behaviors. Telephone conversations were traditionally thought of as private activities and as the preference for the convenience of mobile apparatus gained popularity, experiments occurred.

One such common behavior existed in the hallways of large institutions in the corporate beltways of large cities. As one walked down any hall there could be seen dozens of handheld Motorola brick- phones, each one held to an ear, attached to a skull which rested atop a leaning body, with that head resting against the wall as though somehow this was a proven method for oreventing the sound waves from proceeding into the lives of nearby “others”.

A few years later there was a story going around about female college students placing their cell phones in their panties after setting them on vibrate. Cooperative boyfriends  would then call during class. Text? No. Sext? Oh, so that’s where that word came from.

This afternoon I took a break from my Friday docent activities at the Gallery@CityHall. It was cold indoors; I wanted some of that 110 degree heat. Arriving on the patio I looked around for a smoking area, wanting to keep the occupants thereof at a safe distance.

Immediately I spotted a smoker 100 feet away texting in a manner I recognized immediately. The thumb on her left hand was pointed toward Heaven. The next two digits held a ciggie and the fourth finger handled text as her pinkie mimed the usual pinkie behavior that one normally associates with drinking tea from a tiny china cup.

As she pecked away, the ash grew long and eventually fell onto the screen; with a well-practiced “whoosh” from pursed lips she blew the ash away and continued texting, saving the connection without losing a stroke.

I wondered what was so important. Was she answering her lover who always called at this time of day, each of them smoking in a different garden, each of them with a hovering pinky, each of them whooshing fallen ash without missing a stroke.

Three minutes at 110 degrees. That’s enough; back to the gallery.

IT’S ALL GOOD

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If nothing new is written, the absence is noted by a few.

When reports are polished and gleam with the sheen of community bias

When Leaders are replaced  by the best followers

Growth subsides and are noted by a few.

 

When discovery is recorded,

When an artist is discovered

When a science project reveals a new idea

When  Huff  reports the remarks of a 118 yr old lady whose wrinkles are attractive

We all feel safer.

And we return to what we were doing minutes before

The previously tight abs

The shallow breathing and the furrowed brow

We relax and accept THE LOVE..

It’s all good says  Dixie

And life goes on.

AFFIRMATION VS GOAL SETTING

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When listening to a speech or a concert or perhaps an opinion from the person across the table from me, I often hear myself mentally critiquing the use of a word or phrase or perhaps the idea or the performance altogether.

An important part of the creative aspect of my life is to listen to my critiques, apply them to myself if possible and then attempt to identify a better way of thinking, writing, opting for a replacement for undesirable paths of thinking and relating to others.

I am careful to use only those ideas which are constructive (the phrase “constructive criticism” is an oxymoron.)

And though I have for most of my life been obsessed with goal setting, I have almost completely replaced such activities with the daily practice of responsible affirmation, taking care to affirm only those ideas or habits which have become a part of my life as a result of my own search for TRUTH