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Monday, August 21, 2017

Head Up, Heart Higher -- Chapter 04 (2017) Scott Ginsberg Animated Folk Rock Opera

Kick out the audience
And don't you let them dim the lights
I wonder, and put a chain on my appetite

Words are all I have to take your heart away

Oh, I used to be the lucky one
Oh, looking for the lucky one

Three pounds of glorious meat

Up inside my head
I confuse quiet with peace

She sat silently with murder in my eyes

Oh, I used to be the lucky one
Oh, looking for the lucky one

I took a snow globe and got myself a soda can

It's an unpaved road with beauty at the end



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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Everybody loves rookies, but sophomores always get the short straw

In academics, the term sophomore slump refers to the apathy of students whose second effort fails to live up to the standards of their first. 

In sports, the term refers to athletes who have a mediocre second season following a stellar debut.

In music, it’s the jinx and jitters bands get when they release their second album and it’s not popular as the first. 

In construction, it refers to the architect who dangerously incorporates all of the additions he originally did not add to the first system due to inherent time constraints. 

In psychology, it refers to any earlier success that has a reducing effect on the subsequent attempt.

In statistics, the term refers to an number’s regression towards the mean. 

Proving, that everybody loves a rookies, but sophomores always get the short straw. 

The good new is, there’s a different way to view the power of two. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a slump. Not if you’re playing the long arc game. Not if you keep getting better. And not if you show the world that you’re not going away. 

The reality is, anybody can score once. But only after you’ve shipped your second project do things really start to gain momentum. 

Because now there are two dots. Which means there’s a line. Which means there’s a trajectory that people can follow. And that proves you’re not just another flash in the pan. 

A creative moment is part of a longer creative process, which in turn is part of a creative life. And so, take your little moments of empowerment wherever you can find them. Focus on getting the first two projects out the door. Keep adding energy to the system, keep moving the story forward, and hold on for dear life. 

Because in due time, you won’t be a sophomore anymore. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The head, the hand, the heart and whatever else is available

Cutting an onion makes you cry, but that doesn’t mean you’re sad. 

It simply means your body had a biological reaction to the experience. 

The chemical irritant is actually known as synpropanethial oxide, which stimulates the lachrymal glands of the eyes and causes them to release tears. 

Of course, there are numerous kitchen hacks and home remedies to prevent your eyes from watering, like running cold water or keeping bread in your mouth or freezing the onions ahead of time or wearing protective goggles or lighting a match so the sulfur disables the compounds. 

But that’s beside the point. 

The real lesson of the onion is recognizing that biological reactions aren’t the only messages worth listening to. 

Just because your body responded to a particular experience, doesn’t mean you secretly enjoyed it or asked for it or wanted it all along. 

We’ve heard enough cheesy pop songs to know that sometimes the heart says dance, but the body says no chance. 

And so, there’s the body, but there’s also the brain and the heart and the soul. All entities are worth listening to. What matters is integration. Wholeness. Allowing the various parts so that nothing can separate you from the wisdom within. 

Assisi once said:

When you work with your hands, you are a laborer. When you work with your hands and your head, you are a craftsman. But if you work with your hands, your head, your heart and your soul, you are an artist. 

That’s the integration each of us seeks. To make use of everything we are. To leave no asset unharvested. To be alive of our parts and powers. 

Which brings us back to the onion. 

If we study the etymology of the word, it’s derived from the term unio, which translates to mean unity or oneness. 

Interesting. Perhaps the goal, then, is to integrate all of the many layers of what it means to be human in order to better understand who we are. 

The head, the hands, the heart and whatever other parts are available for our investigation. 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Setting ourselves up to avoid joy at every turn

Roosevelt famously said that comparison was the thief of joy, but there’s a comparable mindset that also robs us of our ability to relish life. 

It’s the kissing cousin of comparison. Criticism

Which has its merits insofar as growth and innovation are concerned. But there’s a fine line between the passion for continuous improvement and the compulsion to find fault in everything we encounter. 

That’s what our egos don’t want us to know. That if we’re too busy wielding our ability to identify with perfect precision what’s wrong with every person and experience and piece of art we encounter; if we’re refusing to consume anything without trying to figure out the architecture, opportunities and strategy and motivation around and behind it; and if we’re always sticking a pin in every moment and consciously picking apart its flaws and imperfections, we’re setting ourselves up to avoid joy at every turn. 

I read about a man who pastors a small congregation, and he wrote a fascinating philosophy on criticism, as it pertains to singing hymnals. 

Nate said that just because a song is musically boring, lyrically vapid and emotionally na├»ve, we can still worship as fervently and freely as we would when our favorite tune being sung. Complaining only ruins a genuinely worshipful experience. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we could sing our favorite songs every week, he said. Jesus died so that we might learn to die to self as well. Part of doing that might just be singing songs we don’t like, and singing them as genuinely as the songs we do. 

The point is, not everything in life requires a cold, hard analysis. And not everything can broken down into a set of formulaic principles. 

If we are to again and again receive the stab of joy, we can’t constantly be on the lookout for life’s flaws. 

Instead, we should be scanning for moments that inspire a sense of awe and wonder. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Borrowing from your own integrity to fund other people’s happiness

Boundary guilt occurs when we set a limit that reinforces our integrity, but then have to watch others bear their own consequences and struggle to take care of themselves. 

It’s this weird version of buyer’s remorse. 

The minute we step off the used car lot of life, we start questioning ourselves. 

Maybe I was being selfish. Or too harsh. Or not compassionate enough with that person. 

But in that moment when we’re tempted to abandon our integrity, we must remember a few things. 

First, each of us aspires to make ourselves proud by manifesting our values. And so, we rejoice that there is something in this world that we will not bargain with. We recognize that living in universe where our values have been successfully achieved is what it means to be human. 

Secondly, setting boundaries on other people’s expectations on what we’re capable of doing means being okay with those people being uncomfortable. Let them feel that way. Repeat no until you are heard. It’s a small price to pay for the glory of your soul. 

Finally, when people attempt to violate your boundaries, it’s a perfect opportunity to better understand who you are and what’s important to you, and to develop the voice to declare your cherished values. 

Remember, poor boundaries can disguise themselves as compassion. 

Don’t let guilt shut down your intuitive inklings. 

Don’t borrow from your own integrity to fund other people’s happiness. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free people are free from impressing others

The best way to analyze another person is to search for overcompensation

To notice their excessive and exaggerated attempts to overcome feelings of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy by asking the following question. 

What is the impression that this individual takes the greatest trouble to convey to me? 

The answer, then, is the very thing that person fears most about themselves. That’s why they do what they do. 

My temperament, for example, is that of an attention getting, audience demanding, approval seeking, applause dependent artist. Which has served me well over the years. This unconscious formula for success has shaped every aspect of my life and propelled my career trajectory in many interesting and profitable directions. 

But it all stems from the fear that I have to be spectacular to be safe in this world. That’s the story I tell myself. That I simply must be funny and interesting and insightful at all times, otherwise I’m not a good person and will be rejected and die alone. And that if I fail to satiate my compulsive and superficial desire to impress some invisible jury, the astonishing fertility of my creative genius will go unwitnessed. 

It’s bloody exhausting. The lifelong project of trying to be likeable, constantly on the lookout for any evidence that I’m not adored, that takes a significant amount of psychic energy. 

And for what? Most people probably aren’t even thinking about me enough to judge me anyway. They’re too buried in their own story. 

My mentor was right. Free people are free from impressing others. 

I don’t have to transform myself to find the love I can never lose. If I don’t completely sacrifice myself for others, I’m still a caring, giving and honest person. And even if everyone I meet doesn’t know of my many benevolences and achievements, they will still think I’m valuable for a variety of other reasons. 

I finally understand this liberation as a form of generosity in my relationship with myself.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What we want for their best isn’t always what they need

Starting in the early eighties, my grandfather started a family tradition. 

Sunday mornings he’d pick up the grandkids to go out for breakfast, practice math problems in the car, and of course, feed bread to the ducks at the pond. 

We did this every week for over ten years, creating many of our most cherished memories as kids. 

Of course, we had no idea at the time just how harmful that was for ducks. 

According to the audubon societies and river trusts and animal preserves, millions of loaves of bread are thrown into rivers and canals around the world every year, polluting the water and damaging hundreds of thousands of duck homes. Not to mention, duck health. 

Turns out, white flour is the equivalent to junk food to a duck’s diet. The uneaten soggy bread can also cause a buildup of bad nutrients creating harmful algae that can spread disease and attract pests such as rats. 

And so, this isn’t to say that our precious memories came from an unhealthy place. Grandpa wasn’t trying to teach us strategies for effectively murdering local waterfowl. 

But all ducks aside, there’s an interesting parable in human relationships. 

Because what we want for another person’s best isn’t always what they need. 

And when we keep trying give people what we think is good for them, we risk causing more harm than good. 

Burn’s groundbreaking psychology research calls this behavior dysfunctional giving, where the recipient experiences the giver’s intervention as an infringement of their personal freedom and autonomy. And when people experience a loss of personal control they often become angry, reactive, and rebellious. 

If you’ve ever been bitten on the ass by a duck, you know what I mean. 

The point is, we have limited control over how recipients perceive our intentions and respond to our assistance and gifts. And so, to avoid any unhelpful or unhealthy helping, here are a few suggestions for modifying our habits. 

Instead of assuming that our intervention will be welcomed, ask how we can help first. 

Instead of assuming that we know what the other person needs, give them the gift of space to express themselves completely. 

Instead of reflectively dispensing unsolicited advice and suggestions, offer emotional support in the form of listening and loving and cheerleading. 

Instead of rescuing and taking responsibility for everybody you encounter, let them stumble and fail and feel crappy and eventually find their way back to center. 

In short, don’t feed bread to the ducks. It only makes things worse. 

Figure out what, if anything, they might need instead. 

And then you can take a quack at being helpful.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Lose the stuff that helped once, but isn’t helping anymore

As a job search experiment, I once showed up in the lobby of an advertising agency I was dying to work for, sat on the couch all afternoon in silence, and when the owner finally came out of his office, I marched right up to him, slammed my fist on the desk, looked him dead in the eye and said:

I want a job, and I’m not leaving until you hire me

Believe it or not, that approach actually worked. In a city where eight million centers of the universe were scrambling around town trying to frogger their way to the front of the line, I somehow managed to stick out using the oldest trick in the book. 

It was like a montage out of a cheesy eighties romantic comedy. Even I couldn’t believe my good luck. 

Of course, that was the operative word. Luck. Because despite my gumption and good intentions, my supposed victory was really just a product of serendipity. 

Perfect timing. Planetary alignment. Preparation meets opportunity. Lighting in a bottle. 

The reason I know this is, I tried the same approach again. Dozens of times with dozens of other companies I wanted to work for. And it never worked again. Hiring managers weren’t impressed. Some of them even called security. 

It’s like my mentor used to warn me, the first time it’s art, the second time it’s a tactic. 

Psychologists call this phenomenon outcome bias, which is our tendency to judge a decision by its eventual outcome, instead of judging it based on the quality of the decision at the time it was made. 

Turns out, human beings are prone to assigning more positive significance to a decision when the outcome is positive. 

Like the addictive gambler who uses anecdotal evidence from friends to justify staying at the same blackjack table until sunrise. Because in his mind, continuing to play could result in winning millions of dollars. And so, outcome bias prevents them from leaving the casino until he pisses away his only son’s college fund. 

Proving, that just because your strategy worked once in the past, doesn’t mean it’s a foolproof solution in the future. 

Harvard conducted a widely cited study on this very phenomenon several years ago. And in the paper’s final conclusions, the psychologists reported the following:

Sometimes bad things happen when good people are unlucky, and sometimes scoundrels get away clean. Ultimately, judging decisions based on their outcomes will wind up condemning too many unlucky people and acquitting too many scoundrels. 

It’s finally time to get go. Lose the stuff that helped once, but isn’t helping anymore.

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