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Have you thanked God for this failure already?

Have you thanked God for this failure already?

April 3, 2019
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Podclub coming up. Making/Creating is the theme.
Seth Godin, Milton Glaser, and then… not a pod at all, but a short clip on YouTube of Arvo Pärt giving a commencement speech. Sitting on the bus early in the morning, I press play, and then…

Have you thanked God for this failure already?

God bumps and tears in my eyes.
Absolutely captivated.

The most sensitive musical instrument is the human soul. The next is the human voice.
One must purify the soul until it begins to sound. 

Ah.
These words.
But more than that… the way he says it…
Riveted, I shiver, from the power, the passion, the heartfelt and intense sincerity.

God knits man in his mother’s womb, slowly and wisely.
Art should be born in a similar way.

The video ends and my bus reaches its final destination.
I gather my things, wrap my coat around me and step – newborn – off the bus. Onto the ground.

Feeling vulnerable.
Naked.

Hello world. Please.
Be gentle. Embrace me. Gently.
That’s what I need. Want.

The criterion must be, everywhere and only, humility.

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Advent Calendar 22 – The magic of the ordinary

December 22, 2018
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We talked about magic in my podclub. Magic, we concluded, meaning a transformation of sorts, a shift in energy, like an excited-state atom. How (especially young) children are much closer to the magic of the ordinary, able to find awe in most anything. How the beauty surrounding us is available if we are open to it.

At a restaurant eating dinner with my eldest, all of a sudden I started to dance, sitting at the table. In the speakers, I’ve got your Christmas right here by Aloe Blacc started playing, and that’s a song I love. So I started to dance. With my eldest cringing, telling me people might see me, I told her This is something to film and share with the world so I handed her the phone and danced my heart out. Uploaded the clip to Instagram and Facebook, and only made the connection to the magic of the ordinary now. How me hearing this song did but me in an “excited state”, transforming my energy, making me want to dance. So I did. I let magic run its course.

The magic of the ordinary, the awe of life and beauty. Do you let yourself experience the magic of the ordinary? In the beauty of the flower of the orchid? How cute the cat is sleeping on my bed? How the rays of the sun shines through the window of the kitchen? The beauty that is always and already there, to be experienced with awe and wonderment, if only we let it?


Advent Calendar 2018 – number 22 of 24 – on the theme of being gentle.

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