A friend asked me today why I take photos of myself in the grocery store and I was grateful to get the question. I’ve answered it several times before, but never tire of explaining why I do this. These ‘Photos from the Matrix’ as I sometimes call them, are a way for me to acknowledge that I live in a time and place that is not of my creation. It’s not of my design, yet I must function in it. I must abide by most of its rules and I must inhabit spaces with others who don’t experience the world … Continue reading Why Grocery Stores?
It’s true that anyone can fall victim to something unwanted whether it be illness, crime or nature, but it’s the labels we impose on ourselves that will determine whether we remain victims or forge ahead as conquerors, strengthened by adversity and accepting of what life puts before us. When the word victimhood is imposed on us it cultivates ideas of brokenness. It reminds us that we are incomplete and incapable. It denies the concept of strength and holds up false values attached to playing the role of victim. It reminds us again and again that we can’t operate and succeed … Continue reading The Truth About Victimhood
The struggle for individuality is real. It’s a sad irony that it persists only because we judge others and wage war against those we don’t understand. When we become threatened by the individual whose expressions run counter to anything we like or comprehend, it is easy for some of us to condemn them for it. In turn, we are paid back by having to struggle with a desire to express our own nature, one that has become repressed and buried so as to avoid a backlash that we know exists. We know it exists because we’ve taken part in … Continue reading The Truth About Individuality
We all want to understand our purpose and for most of us that will require a process of change and self transformation. Positive change will shake the effects of our influences and will bring about a greater understanding of our habits and motivations. Lasting change is a process that includes a strong desire, dedication, reflection and will. Your greatest first challenge is in understanding who you are. I am not talking about the labels that are imposed upon you by society. I’m talking about the inner you that only you can know. Surviving the New Babylon first means finding yourself … Continue reading Finding Yourself