1. "The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self."
    — Albert Einstein
     

  2. We’ll see

    Did you ever hear the story about the zen master and the little boy?

    The people of a small town bought a horse for a little boy who enjoyed their gift and learned to ride the horse well. The towns people said, “How wonderful!”and asked the zen master what her thought and the zen master said, “We’ll see.”

    A few years later the little boy fell off the horse and mangled and broke his leg and the towns people said, “How terrible we bought the horse for the little boy”, and asked the zen master what he thought and the zen master replied, “We’ll see.”

    Years later a war broke out and the little boy who was now a young man couldn’t go off to fight in the war because the leg injury he sustained as a little boy disqualified from service and the towns people said, “How wonderful. The young man doesn’t have to go off and fight and can help out at home”. The towns people asked the zen master what he thought and the zen master said? “We’ll see.”

     

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  4. "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."
    — Pearl S. Buck
     
  5. From effectiveness to faithfulness

     
     

  6. "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now."
    — Rilke
     
  7. It was a time when…The critters were closer to the folks, and the folks were closer to the critters…and you might even say things were better all around.

     

  8. COYOTE AND THE WATER, A GABRIELINO MYTH

    A coyote who considered himself superior to anything on the face of the earth, came one day to a small river. Seeing the water run so slow, he asked, “What about a race?” “Agreed to,” answered the water very calmly. The coyote ran at full speed along the river bank until he was totally exhausted and could hardly stand. He saw the water still running smoothly on. He walked away with his tail between his legs, having something to reflect upon for many a year.

     

  9. Fame and wealth do accomplish something: They cure ambition anxiety. But that’s all. It isn’t much. Charles Murray

     

  10. "In this culture, we know how to create spaces that invite the intellect to show up, to argue its case, to make its point. We know how to create spaces that invite the emotions to show up, to express anger or joy. We know how to create spaces that invite the will to show up, to consolidate effort and energy round a common task. And we surely know how to create spaces that invite the ego to show up, preening itself and claiming its turf! But we seem to know very little about creating spaces that invite the soul to show up, this core of ourselves, our selfhood."
    — Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness
     

  11. A text from a fellow film-maker I received this morning

    I received some pretty shocking news to me that I didn’t get this job. They even flew me out to meet in person. It’s funny how we can tend to set our hearts on things and get infatuated and consumed with possibilities and living in the future of “what if”. I recently was told to leave home because of rules at the mobile home park my parents live at. So in this state of venturing off again sleeping/living, once again, in my car, with no job/career security, living hand to mouth in faith that the next job will come, I have more peace than I have in a really long time. Because when everything is handed over to God willingly, we leave ourselves in a tender and vulnerable place, exactly where and how he wants us, where our steps are established, one at a time. Anonymous

     
  12. "Creativity is for serving Others." Salomon Ligthelm 

     
     

  13. Turn About Face

    When I was younger, back in the days of drinking a little to much, doing a little to much of that other stuff and chasing women through the clubs, I had a dear friend named Steve. He was a little older but took me under his wing. I was shy and he wasn’t. In his presence I always felt like a student.  Steve owned a chain of restaraunts and at a young age had made a lot of money for himself. I was broke, wearing my fathers expensive watch and making up stories about my profession. The smell of chicken always permeated my clothing because I was a food delivery driver and art student at night so I washed myself in Burberry cologne. We were a great duo as Steve said I had the looks and he had the money. One night a beautiful girl at the club approached Steve while eyeing his Rolex covered in diamonds, I was watching it all from a distance. I watched her draw nearer, shifting her body language and playing with her hair and I waited expectantly. Watching another “closed escrow” “a sealed deal” as I had seen it before, it was always like magic. Steve was smoother than any man I had known. But, to my surprise that night something was said and that beautiful sultry woman with long curly black hair and piercing green eyes pulled away. Steve looked over at me and nodded that it was time to go. Later that night on the ride home before dropping me off in his brand new BMW I hesitantly asked him about the girl, he paused and thought for a second,” you know, she asked me what I did for a living and I thought about it, I thought about how tired I have become flaunting my money, all of this shit, so I told her I was a student, that I was still in school.” “What!” I exclaimed, “that was the hottest girl I have ever seen you with, it was all yours for the taking” and he said “yah and she walked away. You know Eliot, I want people to know who I really am, I’m tired of flaunting all of this, having friends and being pursued because I am the guy with money, the guy with connections, the guy with a career, I don’t think you even know who I really am.” “Of course I do Steve, your one of my best friends..” Before I could finish my sentence, my father came running out of the house in his early morning pajamas ripping the car door open. I remember lying in bed later that morning trying to come down from the chemicals in my body and from the unhinging fear that my partying days were over.  And of course they weren’t, I went back out to find that girl and many others. Journeying with other men of the night.  I worked hard to buy my own Rolex in remembrance of Steve and everything he had taught me, to live the life he was missing. I heard from friends that Steve eventually found a wife at a Church Easter picnic and settled down in a small town home outside of the city. I cringed. And it wasn’t until years later on a summer night in Hollywood I would find my own encounter with truth, as I came to out of a black out with my brand new Audi wrapped around the freeways center divider, with no real friends to call. And I got thinking today, about 10 years later sitting next to my wife in a small town home outside of the city, that some of us are smart enough to leave it when it stops working and others of us have to drive it into the wall, but all of us get moments in life to turn about face and really change. And most of the time those that have gone before us, those closest to us show us the way, but we don’t want to see it, and maybe its because we have to experience it on our own for it to really effect us. Nevertheless, I still think about Steve often and wonder where his life has taken him, if I could find him I would thank him for being courageous and showing me there was another way to live. Love you buddy, if your out there. Eliot Rausch 

     

  14. Was Jesus the greatest leader ever? 2 billion followers and a 2,000-year-old tradition argue pretty strongly that yes, he was.

     
  15. "Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure."
    Henri Nouwen