Why Getting WASTED is Bad For Your Brain

Often when I have no idea “WHAT” to write about, I will just simply write down the first thing that comes into my mind; hence the title of today’s blog.

We are often taught to discard our first impulse; it can’t be right, it must be a cliche, because it came so quickly and so freely to our imaginations.

Why does anything that is good have to involve so much hard work?

This is simply not true, the very best things in life are usually gifts; like “grace” for example which comes to us at no charge, free of any hard work or personal cost.

We are taught that if it is too good to be true, then it can’t be true… this axiom somehow foolishly supposes that the “truth” can’t be good.

Eating, drinking, smoking this “too good to be true” axiom every day, is like constantly getting wasted… it’s terrible for your mind and bad for your creativity.

 

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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Trust Your Impulses

It’s A Lie – You’re Never Too Old

 
Does your age bother you?

I, myself get the occasional reminder that the clock is clicking when I lift up my shaggy mop of hair and see that my hairline is running away from my forehead.

What is this lie?

This lie that you have to be young and beautiful to have success as an actor or a musician. Clearly the writers have got it made because they are allowed (or even expected) to be old, fat and bald.

I am telling you now that “break-out success” can happen at any age, just so long as you never give up pursuing your dreams and developing your craft.

If success is meant for you it will find you.

 

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2014 Copyright Seven Sentences – Break-Out Success

The Secret To Being Married To An Artist

Today is my second wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d take a few sentences (seven exactly) to talk about marriage and creativity.

Occasionally in social settings my wife has been asked… “so what’s it like to be married to an artist?”

This question is usually asked with a fair amount of subtext, the hidden insinuation within the question is… “do you mind being poor?”

The assumption being made is that choosing artistry is a choice of voluntary poverty, which really makes no sense at all, since many of the wealthiest people on the earth are artists.

In fact to settle at any stage for a life of poverty, would be a very strange thing indeed.

The secret to being married to an artist, is to simply embrace all of who they are, to not stifle the rich wealth of emotion and expression that longs to flow out of them.

The joy of being married to an artist is that most artists know how to express our feelings, we are not locked up or contained by social boundaries and rules that would force a spouse to commit to a life of role playing.

 

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7 Reasons Why Grace Is Vital For Your Creative Process

  1. Grace to fail, to takes risks and to be financially unsuccessful is vital for any creative wanting to learn and grow.
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  3. Without the consuming presence of grace our creative work (and our lives) will always drift away from compassion and towards judgement.
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  5. Grace leads us towards humility which in turn increases our potential to learn and grow.
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  7. Grace connects us to a wide sphere of people of a varied demographic and these people enrich our lives and inform our creative perception of the world around us.
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  9. Creativity without grace can be clumsy, opinionated and forced; grace is above-all-else graceful, and this provides a simplicity and an ease to the way we work.
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  11. Humble grace seeks only the truth in a gentle way that includes multiple perspectives.
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  13. Grace causes us to value people more than our creative work.

 

 

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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Grace And Creativity

Why The Death Of The Sunday Lunch Is Bad News

Do you often think that you have to make it on your own? Do you question whether you are talented enough?

This individual self-absorbed focus on our own lives is the major sickness hitting the western world right now. The bad news is that it’s not likely to stop any time soon BECAUSE so many people are making money out of this earnest, individual craving to be more.

Life coaches, financial advisers, self-help gurus, educational facilities, governments and some organized religions advertise their wares by offering to satisfy this insatiable human desire.

The desire to become somebody; to build your living monument to yourself.

What has happened to our sense of team and community, we are on a journey together, you can’t make it on your own.

 

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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Sunday Lunch Blog

Why There Is So Much Beauty In Trash…

There is beauty in ashes, I guess this is why some of the poorest cultures on earth turn out to be the happiest.

Greed can drive a man to poverty; poverty of spirit. The only way that such a soul can return to beauty is by collapsing upon its own pile of trash.

Beauty of the soul can’t be bought with silver and gold; it comes through a tearing process, through being broken down, layer after layer until nothing is left but the soul.

It is a painful, horrible, necessary process; to look upon yourself and your own imperfection.

But being broken is an imperative for an artist, because the beauty of our work demands humility.

 

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Why You Need To Be The Good Black Sheep

The black sheep was never loved; the farmers who only wanted “pure white wool” would ship the newly born wooly rascals off to the meat works as soon as they made the required weight.

Pure conformity was the highly valued commodity.

Families, organizations and societies often value pure conformity more than anything else.

Why?

Because being different creates fear, it questions the current paradigm and challenges the value system of the status quo.

Fear needs to be challenged, paradigms need to be questioned and value systems need to be re-examined… AND…

…this is the life giving value of the good black sheep.

 

 

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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Good Black Sheep