2. Surround yourself with a team that challenges you and works with you to make your ideas better.
3. Align yourself/work/art/craft/brand with things that are bigger than you. This can create unexpected opportunities.
4. Embrace change and technology, don’t fight it. You will get left behind.
5. If you can provide opportunities for others, why not give them? (He didn’t really say that but it’s an observation I made based on all of the opportunities that his ideas and investments have given others)
I drew this sketch in the basement of the Salvador Dalí Universe exhibition in central London. I manipulated the contrast and tint to enhance the lines. It’s my version of the famous melting clock. If you look a little closer there is a face and the clock is sort of like a tongue sticking out. This audio track is part 2 of 2 in a series entitled Talking Art. This is called Sheen Talking Art. Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by..
I took this photo in Bristol, UK of a work done by British street artist, Banksy. I made this audio track out of a recorded conversation that Aviva Jaye and I had this past Saturday morning. It is called Talking Art. Please let me know your thoughts. There is a pt. 2 featuring my thoughts coming soon… Pass it on.
“”The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
Needless to say, this week has been intense. We have all received the most overpowering information from some of the most inspiring people. So now, I think the big question for all of us right now is…What do we do with all of this stuff we’ve learned? How can we—first of all—process the magnitude of the conflict in the Congo and second of all use it in a proactive way?
I think sometimes I feel like a small person. I think a lot of people feel that way after learning about an issue that is so complex and multi-faceted. It’s just a matter of looking at it head on, realizing your talents, and using whatever you have, ALL of your energy toward what you believe in.
I am one small person, Ashlee is sitting across from me and Justine beside her. Brittany is beside me, Maggie beside her and Nikki next to her. Separately we could be lost and potentially scared and ineffective. We may not realize that our overwhelming hunger and passion could be channeled into activism instead of lying dormant.
Together we make up for what others may lack. We have formed a collective of common good through different mediums.
I am blessed to be surrounded by these individuals, these powerful women, everyday and every night. We have already laughed, fought, spilled secrets and insecurities, helped one another through inevitably emotional times, but we have come out inspired and ready to face our next challenge in full force.
Next week we will begin the real thing. We will take the knowledge gained from this week and use it for what we came here for: peace in the Congo.
You and I have our own ways of communicating. The interns and the staff members here are all different. We all come from exceptionally different backgrounds united by the power of the whistle and the meaning behind it.
Whatever happens after this week, we will remember the reason why we are here. We will remember our purpose and our goal and we will execute it.
We will ride on rocky waves and endure mental challenges to save children in a world we don’t know and whom we may never meet.
But it’s worth it. Our blood is the same. Humans are one race and humanity is one right. Neither of these can or should be ignored.
We are few but we are strong. We are directionless but we are focused. Most of all, we are dedicated and are ready to make sacrifices for what we believe in.
Something happens almost every day at work that makes me feel like I don’t fit in here, socially. Even something simple, like walking to Whole Foods to get lunch, can turn into an occasion where people will group together leaving me as the odd person out, literally. In a group of five people, two groups of two people each will form around me. As they happily link up, discussing the latest weekend excursion, I’m left feeling like…maybe I should make a phone call to not appear awkward or phased. And while I realize that you don’t have to become best firend with the people you work with, the very polite distance expanding between us feels uncomfortable at times and almost personal at others. Just noting the human behavior around me I guess. A quick note, about nothing.
I recently sat down with myself to ask a few questions about life, love, and the pursuit of passions. Excerpts from my interview follow:
Today July 27, 2009
I recently turned 25 which has made me reflect upon my time spent, thus far, upon this earth. I wonder if have I used it wisely…
I have no life goals or ambitions
I have dreams and aspirations.
I emanate restlessness and am self aware.
Statement: Here is a question.
Question: What should I do with my life?
Question: What makes me happy?
Answer: I am most happy when I make others smile, feel happy, or uplifted, when I help others achieve a significant personal goal or aide in the progression of individual or communal growth. I am happy most when I have served as an inspiration to achieve growth.
Question: What are my passions?
Answer: Social Justice, equality, creative expression, music, performing, drama
Question: Am I satisfied with my current position/ state in life?
Answer: As I stated before, I am in a consistent state of restlessness, therefore I may never be fully satisfied with my current position due to a continual desire for improvement and growth.
Question: What steps do you feel you need to take in order to achieve satisfaction, or at least a sense of progress, in developing your growth as a human being and your ability to impact others in the manner in which you stated earlier?
Answer: You mean, in order to help others grow, serve an in inspiration, and make them smile or laugh and all that?
Question: (Laughs) Exactly.
Answer: Well, that’s a pretty lofty question, but to answer you as directly as possible I feel it would be wise to examine my abilities, not only my strengths but especially my weaknesses, and constantly question and challenge myself towards action. I feel that one of my major weaknesses is my lack of action in pursuing my passions. As a result, I leave myself feeling guilty and inevitability unhappy due to my circumstances. I can’t quite place where my reluctance stems from, whether it be fear (of many things) or simply the daunting challenge of personal transformation. I think awareness, of which I fully possess, is a very important first step in overcoming the “hump” if you will. Once I embrace my strengths and weaknesses, I should use them to catapult myself in a more personally fulfilling direction. I chose the word catapult because it is a direct reflection of how I feel right now. I want to fly through the air at an alarming pace and reach my destination as soon as possible.
Question: Doesn’t that seem a little unrealistic?
Answer: (Laughs) Well, yes and no. I realize that even though I strongly desire to reach my destination as quickly as possible, timing is infinitely important as are developing the strategies used to get there. The experiences had in limbo are all apart of the process. I guess it would depend on how well all of these elements work in tandem to create the circumstances for progress. If the opportunity presented itself, tomorrow that may be the right time to go for it. If the opportunity does not present itself until six months from now…well that is something that I must be prepared to endure.
Question: Has endurance played a key role in your life?
Answer: I would say that I have conditioned myself to endure. That I could say for certain. Endurance has been a strong point for me. It’s like my exercise routine, I work really hard at running and staying in shape for a segment of 6 to 9 months. I build up a great amount of endurance. I find that I can last longer running a slow or moderate pace than if I try to sprint to the finish line. Eventually, I get board with the same old routine and don’t plan ahead for a super fun activity to keep myself excited and interested. Then I fall off of my routine all together and all of the endurance that I have worked so hard to build up, is lost again. And it’s really tough to get back into it, you know? I would say that I have gone through 3 or 4 major cycles like this beginning in college up until now.
Question: Sounds like a vicious cycle.
Answer: (laughs) I wouldn’t necessarily call it “vicious”. It’s definitely unproductive and doesn’t create the circumstances for progress.
Question: What would you say “creates the circumstances” for progress?
Answer: I would go back to what I outlined before, which would be to constantly question and challenge and strive towards action. It’s more of a constant examination and re-examination of everything, but the most important thing it to take small steps towards action, everyday. Each day should represent progress towards something. Even if small or seemingly minute, eventually the conditioning will lead to bigger and loftier steps towards achieving your goals, much like getting back into running or exercising. I wouldn’t go out right now and try to run five miles if I haven’t been running for over six months. I would go out and see if I could make it around the block first!
Question: (Laughs) It seems like to have the principles pretty well figured out by now. What would you say are other key factors in achieving fulfillment and satisfaction with your life?
Answer: Well, besides that very fundamental and primal step to “act” ..you know, actually do something about it, I would say it is important to build and cultivate relationships with people. It’s important to listen and try to empathize as much as possible and it helps you get a better sense of their needs as well… Maybe that act, in itself, is a form of progress…who knows? My hope is that we all are constantly learning from one another. I feel that it directly impacts growth.
Question: Where is the lesson in all of this? What is the one thing you would want people to take with them from reading this?
Answer:The most important thing to take away from any of this would be action. That’s where I am right now, struggling to act. The desire is infinitely there, inside of me. Act more and the reactions will follow.