“You have more traveling ahead, but remember your main reasons for going. Not to escape or cross things off lists but to learn to be more open, more okay with uncertainty. To feel to your core how big the world is, and how narrow your own empire. Remember that no matter where you go, you always end up alone with your thoughts. This is your true home and its landscape is vast and much uncharted. You can travel there at any time, and the flights aren’t nearly as expensive.”

A Letter by Jack Cheng to himself on his 30th birthday

On emotional excess

“Creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing.

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. ”

The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947

“Focus Means Ignoring”

From crazy to sad to laugh-out-loud hilarious, Twitter is available for non-stop distraction. And as a maker, it really is that: a distraction.

I’ve been thinking lately about attention and how much of it I have to offer, and as it turns out, it’s not much. And the more things I try to give attention to the less attention I have to give.  

True character comes when you give focus to the things that are difficult but must be done. This means you have to ignore everything else, and know that you will be better because of it.

via Able Parris


I love this. But I also disagree. Work vs. play, focus vs. distraction should be in moderation. Giving in to distractions can lead to serendipitous discovery, like a poem I read earlier today that an old friend shared, or the link to this very blog.

This, this, this:

“Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology”
— Ken Rockwell

I agree, But I rather think that the “application of technology” is the metaphorical fine tuner. If your technology is the hisptamatic editor on the iPhone, that’s the equivalent of a plastic, target brand screwdriver.