“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
– Henry James
Image: “Summer Afternoon” by Tullio DeSantis, altered ink drawing, 2011
“As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that this mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to other meshes.” -The Buddha
Think about the people who have inspired you to be what you are and more. Think about the effect your life has on others you interact with. There may be things about you that others find inspiring. The way you are single-minded in your dedication to things, perhaps. Or maybe it’s the ability you have to calm things down when stress builds up. Some of these types of things are rare and valuable to a community. They may not seem very significant to you, but the way we function in a group, the effect we have on a group, is a magnification of small things about ourselves.
For example, a positive attitude may seem trivial to the one who is feeling well. But it’s the kind of thing that can be greatly appreciated in a group situation. We all contribute to the overall mood and attitude generated by the groups we are a part of. People who bring positive energy help build morale. That makes people feel better. People appreciate those who make them feel better. They appreciate it more than we may imagine. It can be downright inspiring. In many situations, the best thing we can do is to inspire each other
“It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.”
My thoughts unwind. I become the waking and the working, the walking and living – happening as the world around me. Songbirds in every tree. Their songs occur, as well, within me. My breathing and my walking and the world – the birds in the trees and their songs are this one thing.
Life occurs in the blink of an eye.
We can waste each other’s time in thousands of ways.
We can also do the best we can for each other.
We can become a species defined by compassion and cooperation.
We can inspire each other.
Focus on the very few things that count – the human ones.
Our happiness does not issue from external things.
We are, at heart, simple beings.
Fear drains our energy and the power we possess – anticipation of what may occur at any given moment, worry about things not turning out well, desire to control what is out of our control, fear of loss.
Each moment spent in appreciation of what you have is a moment of bliss.
Take care of yourself and those around you.
My thoughts unwind. I become the waking and the working, the walking and living – happening as the world around me. Songbirds in every tree. Their songs occur, as well, within me. My breathing and my walking and the world – the birds and their songs are this one thing.
The Video is a collaborative project based on the painting, ‘Blinded by Thought’, by Tullio DeSantis, Animation: Patricia Wells, Sound: Brian Routh
Alt title by Patricia Wells: ‘A bird studies a dandelion’. *Alt title by Brian Routh: ‘ Phantoms’.
We are compelled to return.
To pursue apparitions in absolute nowhere.
To access, to reconnect with translucent selves.
Recreated daily in cloud mind.
Our discrete personae radiate urgency.
To communicate, to extend ourselves, to be forever.
Through all of space and each instant of time.
We access and edit our fractal identities.
Striving to become them, even as we create them.
Image: “The Return (New World 2011c)” by Tullio DeSantis, painted globe, ink drawing, and digital images, 2011