Words of Wisdom

August 9, 2011

You've gotta love stumbling onto an inspiring exhibit.

One (more) reason why I haven’t posted much lately, although I’m hoping the dry spell has passed, is because I’ve been feeling a little defeated. This recent acquisition of my 45th year kind of threw me for a loop. I knew it was coming, yes, but in keeping with my character (up until now that is – wink) I forgot to prepare myself. I expected to be at a certain place by this point but forgot to mention as much out loud. There’s something to be said, I think, about saying it and letting the air take hold of things so that its soft, gentle, feathery arms can lead you in the right direction. Saying it sort of plucks it out of the jumbled mass of thought in ones mind and makes it more real. Or course, nothing makes it more real than actually getting down to business – but that’s another story.

The other day I was feeling a bit hopeless and blue when I stumbled onto the exhibit, Wisdom by Andrew Zukerman. It was at the beautifully lit Albert Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place and consisted of a collection of portraits of some very familiar faces, along with quotes on the topic of wisdom and what that word signified to each of them.  You can check out the Wisdom website – here – to take a deeper peek.

Here is a mini-sampler of a few quotes I found inspiring:

Risk it. Go for it. Life always give you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.Mary Quant

Cities are the most complex and socially-critical form of organization that mankind has created. One might say that although we build the cities, it’s the cities that shape us.Richard Rodgers ( I think some of the members of Toronto’s city council ought to read this one each morning and at night before they go to bed.)

Don’t be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of each year and then your career will take care of itself.Henry Kissinger

Life is not perfect, it never will be. You just have to make the best of it and you have to open your heart to what the world can show you. Sometimes it’s terrifying and sometimes it’s beautiful. And I’ll take both thanks.Graham Nash (me too, please.)

Wisdom is the constant questioning of where you are. Billy Connolly (Too bad he did say “who” you are for in that case I’d be the wisest person on the planet)

Believe in yourself and believe in love. Love something. We’ve got to learn to love something deeply. I think it’s love. It sounds sentimental as hell, but I really think it is. To paint a leaf, or a twig, or a piece of dung from a horse, it doesn’t matter; the shadow it casts can be wonderful. – Andrew Wyeth.

A human being has a need for dignity just like water, like air. People will say food, some people will say air, and my attitude is the most fundamental human need is dignity. The sense of being in control of one’s existence. Ultimately, without food or water, you know, one dies, and then, okay, one can have a dignified death. Therefore, ultimately, you cannot control people by fear, because their ultimate essence is constantly craving for that property, that acquisition called dignity. – Wole Soyinka

You can’t get to wonderful without passing through “all right”. And when you get to “all right” you should look around and familiarize yourself with things, because that might be what you are capable of. And that’s all right. – Bill Whithers (Amen to that.)

But the epitome of wisdom would have been me sharing this with you before the exhibit actually ended since it closed yesterday August 5th.

Another few words to wise… Live and Learn.

 

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One of the many things I’ve been trying to do lately is to get realigned with myself. This is what happens when too many ideas and feelings and ways I’d like to change or untangle myself get jammed into my body. Where else can it go but inside of me? All of that jumbledness (yes, that’s what it feels like even if it isn’t a word) throws me off of my axis. And since one of the key places of entanglement for me is in my gut, it can make listening to it very difficult indeed (speak up will yah?). To get my balance back (as if I was ever balanced. Wait, I think I was for a day or two back in ’05!) I’ve been trying to do a bit a yoga a few times a week. I completed two great sequences this morning yesterday via the Yoga Journal website podcast with Jason Crandell and thought I’d share them with you.

***Argh!!! I’m trying to “insert” the video clip but it’s not working. So, until I can figure out why(?!!) here are the links:

I started with this.

Then ended with that.

Which would have changed my Argh to Ahhhhhhh… if I had done these sequences after trying to do this post.

By the way, thanks Jason. I’d love to take one of your classes sometime.

 

 

August 4, 2011

I’ve been trying to post a couple of links to a great yoga workout I did this morning but for some reason it isn’t working. Now, my shoulders are up to my ears. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track this evening or tomorrow morning but at this very instant (actually, about three instants ago) I have to dash to work.

Breeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaathe, Kim. Breathe.

Namaste.

Just Trying to B…

August 2, 2011

Two Bikes...

I find it very difficult to do nothing. I can not tell you how many times I’ve planned to take a day off, completely, then fill it with chores, or even worse, spend my time supposedly doing nothing while proceeding to beat myself up over not doing anything. Does that make sense? It’s what I call “shoulding over everything” and shoulding really stinks. The long list of should-be-doings will never go away so I think it is extremely important to allow yourself the time to rejuvenate. I say, take one day from each week, spending an hour or two (tops) getting things in order, and then shut the door on chores gently (you can slam the door the rest of the week) and get down to some serious Be chillin’. Yeah, take a Be who you need to Be day and allow the you who should Be to have the day off.

Yesterday, I did just that and the day went something like this:

Two Bikes, a Book (I didn’t open), a Blanket and Bill. A gentle Breeze (cool at times), a Blue sky and Buzzing cicadas – all against a Backdrop of lovely. Biting into Berries while lying on my Back under swollen green Branches. Basking and Breathing and Blinking in Beat to my dreams. I Bowed under Boredom not Bothering to be Bothered and Bit Back the urge to undertake any unnecessary Burden. Breathe… Breathe… Breathe. She said and did and ah… it felt good to just Be.

Revolutionary Staircase

August 1, 2011

I’ve missed posting lately and have contemplated saying tah-tah to this little mismatched project of mine. But, I can’t seem to let her (yes, it’s a she) go. Blogging forces me to concentrate long enough (no small feat) to chuck something up on the screen – and, I like that because I’m the type of person who needs to be encouraged in one way or another. Trouble is I haven’t completely figure out which way I want to go here. Two years and counting and  I’ve still not come up with a plan.

That is so… me. But, who else can I be? No one, I can assure you, and I believe me I’ve tried.

After recently turning the big 45 (more on that wee event to follow) it’s hard to believe I’m still plan-less (or is that clueless? I just don’t know.) I think the best course of action for a plan-less girl woman like me is to pluck, snag or wrestle one or two of the many aimless ideas I have ricocheting about in my head and see what happens. Revolutionary concept, I know.

About a month ago, during a meandering afternoon stroll in the city, Bill and I discovered a hidden gem of a trail. Exiting, we were confronted with two sets of stairways leading out to who knew where. I suppose we could have turned back but when that familiar expression, been there/done that popped, into my mind Bill suggested, “Let’s just take one and see where it leads to.” So we did. And, even though we walked into a dead-end after taking the first set and were a touch off course after the next, we still managed to arrive exactly where we wanted – slightly off course but now tuned into a chunk of hidden beauty nestled just out of reach.

I love when that happens.

And a one and a two…

June 24, 2011

I almost let this one go by without noticing. I guess that’s just where I’m at these days, not exactly sure if I want to keep this baby alive, due to lack of direction, but have grown too attached to truly want to let this blog go. The gaps of silence can be attributed to a combination of reasons which include tackling a few chores that have been screaming for my attention as well as a strong desire to be a bit less random of what I post. Although there is nothing wrong with a random nature, these days, I want need a bit more focus in my life.  But, I’ve missed writing and sharing my photos and hope to pick it up. We’ll see what happens. No pressure. It is timely that this urge to start writing again has hit now since Corkscrewcurls is two years old today. Not the Terrible Two’s I hope. To ward off the cranky, stubborn and downright pouty behavior many a two year old has been known to bring on I decided to dig into the archives for some double takes to celebrate this joyous occasion. You may have already seen some of these over the last 730 days but it is my party and I’ll re-post if I want it. Actually, I’ve forgotten if I have or not so forgive the repeats and look forward to some fresh shots in the near future.

Happy Birthday Corkscrewcurls. May you live long and prosper and never be afraid to evolve. Keep your eyes open, your chin up, your spirit free and always ALWAYS be yourself finding the beauty in honesty and self-expression. Even though this might not always be easy to accomplish, it will always be rewarding. So, grow into who you need to be. Grow, grow, GROW and forward. Here’s to a great year ahead. Sometimes it takes a couple to get things right.

Now, let’s get this party started.

Two-lips

City Hall, Two-ronto

Double Vision @ The Evergreen Brickworks

Two-bular beams of light @ The AGO

Drawers. Now THAT'S a witty name.

Two lines leading upward.

And one for good luck.

Yummy Exhibit @ The AGO

June 23, 2011

I recently went to the Abstract Expressionist New York exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario on now until September 4, 2011. Check out these Rothko’s I found myself drooling over. Gorgeous. Delicious. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few pieces to feast your eyes on. De Koonings, and Krasners and Klines -oh my! Some pretty hot photographs by Robert Franks, too. I hope to stop in again before it leaves and thought I’d mention it here just in case you’re in Toronto and want to stop in to take a look.

Mmmm…

In a Word – Or Six

June 8, 2011

Tulip Evolution

I love the six word memoir especially since my story keeps changing.

Here’s my mini-mem – for the time being:

I wonder… who am I anyway?

Always a good question to ask yourself. Or, is it?

44 until 45

June 5, 2011

Seen at Juice and Java on Queen Street East, in Toronto

Forty-four days until B-day, the scary one at that. Let’s see what the next six weeks brings.

The Whole Wide World

April 23, 2011

In my haste, yesterday, I neglected to wish all a Happy Earth Day. To honour this most mighty world we live in, I thought I’d share these clips of two mighty women filling this well known gospel song with a whole lotta soul.

And to Mother Earth, let me just say I salute you. Thank you for feeding, clothing and healing me. Thank you for your strength and understanding and for always allowing me to lean on you. I know there are times when I’m out of line but I promise to do my best to support you in the uncountable ways you hold me up each day. It’s so easy to take you for granted but I know… I know.

It’s true, He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands but so do I and YOU do to.

Respect.