Friday, 9 December 2016

Interconnectivity


If there is one thing that I am passionate about, and one thing that I firmly believe is going to change our world forever, and change it for the better, it is connectivity, or to be more precise - interconnectivity. 

Connection is what allows us to grow, what gives us purpose and direction, allows us to be strong in the face of adversity. Interconnectivity is both giving and receiving, it's not a one-sided gesture, it's reciprocal and the more reciprocal it is, the more deep-rooted and tougher it becomes. 

Interconnectivity is the natural human condition. We have been sold the cynical fantasy that human survival depends on winners, that the survival of our species is about tooth and claw, bullshit!!!

Survival is about cooperation, support, compassion, understanding, connectivity. No one can survive without a support network, no matter who they believe themselves to be. Alpha males are not the norm, connectors are the norm, something we are at last slowly beginning to learn, Connectors were the past, and they will be the future. 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Identity


What if who you think you are, is nothing more than a random thought?

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Sometimes, Stuff Just Is


The creative arts can only ever be crude approximations of what we really want to say. To truly be able to hear and understand what we feel we need to communicate, you need to get into our head and into our heart, and even then it's probably hidden within depths and layers unknown or unknowing to the artist. We ask ourselves and we ask others, what does this mean? What doesn't it mean? Sometimes, stuff just is, and we need to go with that, without explanation.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

We are a Multiplicity


We are a multiplicity. A multiplicity as a universe, as a planet, as a species, as a culture, as an individual. There are as many variations of us as self, as there are stars in the universe. We rarely give ourselves credit for our multidimensionality, seeing it as counter to the old world idea of standardised humans, one size/flavour fits all. But we are changing our perspective, we are shifting gears towards an understanding of who we really are. Not who we are seen to be by advertisers, politicians, religions, units to influence and sell dreams to, but the complex multidimensional beings that we have always really known ourselves to be. We are not one sex, we are not one age, we are not one thought, we are multiple layers of all and more. We are a multiplicity. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

My Personal Past and Facebook


My personal past and facebook.
I don't care that facebook wants to show me what I was posting this time last year.
I am not interested in putting together those precious moments of my facebook past into a handy social media album, complete with emotive music.
I have no interest in telling facebook where I went to school, where I bought my first pair of shoes, whether both my hands are originally mine.
I have no interest in telling facebook what I studied at Art School, even though the question is still sitting there. I did answer it with an: 'Um, Art?' but was told that it was incorrect. I am thinking of trying to add plumbing, or trapeze work.
This is me now, that is all that really matters facebook. Take me as I am, it's all that's on offer.



Thursday, 20 October 2016

Sending Gifts


Gifts. We don't give each other enough of them. We don't send each other postcards, letters, little 'I saw this and thought of you' moments. Why not? We all love receiving gifts, we all love giving them. So why have so many of us stopped? Is it quicker and easier to knock off a couple of social media kisses, a blue thumbs up every once in a while? I am not saying that we need to turn clocks back, dress in ribbons, and concentrate on our needlepoint. Technology is here, it is now an integral part of our lives, and I see it as a huge plus factor in where we are now, and definitely in where we are going. However, we do need to remember to connect and keep connecting, to surprise others, and surprise ourselves. Send a gift to someone you love/admire/value, it will make their day and show you care and value them.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Focus


It often feels as if we live in a world of turmoil and chaos, that people's emotions are all bubbling away on the surface, distracting us. It can all so easily bleed through into our own lives, and often does. It makes us drift, lose our position in space and time, creating blurred worlds for us to live in. We become wrapped in our perceived hurts and wrongs, we lose focus. Focus, it is such a beautiful word, it is a pinpoint of light in darkness, a guiding light for the path we need to tread. To me, focus is often a verbal telling off to myself - stop whining and focus. Focus on what can you do, rather than what you can't? A lesson learnt.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Writing as Catharsis


To me, writing is cathartic. It is about examining, understanding, and accepting my relationship with myself, my relationship with others, my relationship to all and everything. It isn't my only tool, but it has always been a valued and consistent one. I write down my thoughts as I am doing here, and it helps to let go of stuff, let go of bottled pressure. Taking my thoughts and transferring them to written words seems to help keep the balance. I have no idea how people manage to cope with pressures and backed up thoughts without some form of creative release, creativity helps to free the mind, literally. I have always been forever grateful for that gift, and have never taken it lightly.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Nice Can Be Good


Nice can be good, nice can be relaxing, chilled, the evaporating of stored tension. We carry so much around with us, so much stress, anguish, hurt, pile upon pile, an enormous burden worthy of Atlas. Most of the time we don't even know we have most of it. We suffer from stress, we all do, but we think that we suffer from manageable levels, it isn't until we come to 'nice' moments that we realise that the stress plates, the screaming, screeching tectonic burden that we live with, is cumulative and always, always mounting. To me personally, I could sit on a beach, by a stream, under a tree, and the levels of tension will drop, but marginally. Being with another person, one who cares, understands, feels, who sits or walks with you, talks with you, laughs and smiles with you, who is there just because, that is nice, and nice, despite what people think, can really move mountains, and often does.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

past/present/future


So what does the past mean to me? - no regrets!
So what does the present mean to me? - enjoy it while it's hot!
So what does the future mean to me? - the horizon of possibilities!