Tag Archives: Gratitude

Nesting Behaviour

When expectant mothers are nearly due, they often begin fussing excessively about preparations for the soon to be newborn. The decor of the nursery will take on a heightened urgency. Everything has to be just so, or the mother-to-be will … Continue reading

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An Inhalation of Light Which Inhabits

When trying to do something new or hard, especially when people are watching and waiting for you to perform, it’s common to find yourself lacking in confidence and courage. I know I often do. That feeling of trepidation and nervousness … Continue reading

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Exploitation

If you suspend your belief in the romantic myth of being a noble, pure, vocation-driven, starving artist, for just a second, you rapidly realise you’re an artist that is starving. In other words, you’ve been reduced to the status of … Continue reading

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Abandoned Projects

I have a lot of different projects I’ve not finished, but I never throw them away. I know that even if I’ve lost enthusiasm for something, it will renew later. I’ve finished many things after allowing them to remain fallow … Continue reading

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Waste

How much stuff gets thrown away not because it’s no longer functional, but because people no longer have a use or need for it, or they don’t know how to fix it, or how to get the replacement part for … Continue reading

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Lonely Robots and Hungry Ghosts

How do you make art in a world that is so atomised and fragmented; where every human being behaves like an automaton, programmed to consume, but not to interact with anybody else at a deep, meaningful level? When every member … Continue reading

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Infinite Options, Finite Self

Have you ever heard that phrase, “drowning, not waving”? It can feel that way when you’ve bitten off lots of projects, but you’re struggling to complete any of them. Suddenly, you can feel like you’re under water, barely coping with … Continue reading

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Expense or Investment?

It all depends on how you look at things. Two people can observe the same event, but because of their default mental models about that happenstance, conclude that two entirely different and irreconcilable consequences have resulted. What you think happened … Continue reading

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Reverence for Coherence

Coherence is the quality of making a unified whole, which makes sense to us. We like coherence. It feels right. We get a sense of satisfactory completeness and consistency, when something is coherent. Intuitively, we know these things belong together. … Continue reading

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The Kind of Musician I Wanted to Be

Sitting in a favourite coffee shop, on Saturday morning, waiting for my daughter to finish her music lessons, I was reading about the human mind’s unique talent for finding patterns in nature and the ancient cognitive roots of our musical … Continue reading

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