Flight of 2012

On New Years Day I stumbled upon this quote at a Cuban Restaurant in Jersey City.  The food was “eh” but the quote struck my fancy.  So did my company; but that’s another tale for another day.  In case your eye sight is struggling: “Many times I feel like…I need to fly!!! But then…I forget…I don’t have wings!!! But there is something about it that I just can’t stop trying!!! Again….Again…And Again!!!”  The quote felt near and dear to my heart, so I needed to know more about it’s source: Duda Penteado.  I wondered who this “Duda” was as I ate my questionable food.

Google delivered the message: DUDA PENTEADO

I read through his biography and came across the reason for the serendipitous brunch moment.  My eyes landed on the quote to lead my mind to this one: “Philosophically, my mission as an artist is to empower and to create dialogue about difficult issues…A great artist has the ability to capture the imagination of future generations and say something of direct relevance to them…my art pieces are not an end in and of themselves, but a means of arriving at a fundamental human truth: the struggle of the carnal and the divine in our lives.”

When people ask me why I like acting and writing, I may just send them this.

While I’m still working on my “mission,” the word choice of Duda’s has been a beautiful kick in the ass towards the winning field goal.

I’m ready for my flight into 2012. Happy New Year folks.

Standing in Pooh’s Corner

It’s been over a month since I’ve written. After the last post and looking back over a year of introspection, sometimes over indulgent, I really wanted to think about the year to come.  How to open doors to new possibilities, perhaps a new focus, perhaps the same focus with a year of wisdom bouncing around…

So what did I do? I opened A.A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner.” I bought it in Paris a few years ago, because I was obsessed with Winnie the Pooh growing up and couldn’t resist purchasing.

Just watch the Pooh Bear LOVE:

Chapter 1: Pooh was sad to find that Piglet wasn’t home and says, “…I shall have to go a fast Thinking Walk by myself…”

With that, I followed Pooh Bear’s lead and went on a thinking walk.  Really, any excuse to go on a Thinking Walk and wander and see what stirs…

Every day I push and push hoping to achieve something, when in fact, each day is an achievement in itself if seized.   I’ve done a lot this past year.  Sometimes it’s difficult to see the steps climbed while climbing.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in a hurry to get somewhere, but I’m not sure WHAT that “where” is.  When I’m over excited and want to DO too much to achieve WHATEVER it is I’m trying to achieve, the wise David Spaltro reminds me to take a look at the tracks I’ve left the past year, see the growth, slow down, and not to rush.

The most applicable Winnie-the-Pooh quote I stumbled upon was this: “Rivers know this: there is no hurry.  We shall get there some day.”

With that, I’ll say thanks to all who’ve inspired me thus far and I eagerly await what’s in store next.  But I’ll try not to fetch what’s next mistaking the future more rich than the present.