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A creative dumping ground for issues that interest me personally and professionally, with the thought they may interest you too. Issues such as the business of design, the design of business, the design of objects, design strategy, creative direction, innovation, creativity, thought leadership, observations, as well as recommendations, mid-century modern decorative arts and architecture, and the state of my thinking (and currently the state of my heart).

Friday, September 23, 2011

What I'm listening to

Not sure who comes here, but here are the jams I'm listening to this week.

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Zero 7 - Destiny (Live & Acoustic)

ZERO 7 mesmerizes me. I never tire of this band.

Adele- Someone like you (AOL Sessions LIVE)

Adele - Don't You Remember (LIVE AOL Sessions HQ)

Alicia Keys - Fallin LIVE @ AOL Sessions

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Silence, Humility, and the Enemy.

Sometimes, even with the right intentions, we can find ourselves thinking about and crafting words about our position in life—the choices we have made, our perspective about faith, our particular circumstances, our fears, and even God, that ironically limits our understanding of His will for our lives. Subconscious protective systems that we employ can masquerade as understanding, which in the end, places controls on God and limits our ability to meet Him. Instead of speaking, I've mostly been listening. God is always speaking. The silence is allowing me to hear Him. Especially as I intentionally set out to listen.

Over the last year or so, it is not uncommon for 72 hours to pass without saying a single word to a human being. Though at times this is discouraging and lonely, this silence is also something I have become very conscious of and am trying to benefit from. Something that in the long run, I am learning is really important, as I listen to what silence means for my life. This quest to hear God's lead, in seeking his wisdom and truths, has become a joyous surprise in this silence, in an otherwise difficult season of my life.

In this video called Silence, Humility and The Enemy, by The Work of the People, Jean Vanier (Catholic philosopher speaking of Taizé) shares how using too many prayers and words might really mean, deep down, that we really don't want to meet Jesus. Or perhaps, face what He is saying. Also, Vanier suggests that the whole of the mystery of Jesus is found in humility, and the way in which God allows us to see, pray for, and forgive people, even those who speak ill of us. This is something I am trying to do with my actions—completely without the use of words.

While on the subject of listening, and in thinking about those who do not...on Sunday I learned that fools avoid facing Truth, and are infrequently (if ever) able to admit or realize their folly. They use words to mask reality and truth–doing and saying what makes themselves gain favor, and appear righteous and right. In this movie, Vanier discusses the limitations we put on God by not forgiving people, and by trying to be in control. The sad thing is fools are doomed by their own doing—unable to rise above their poor choices and false sense of control. What I gained by this movie, and from Vanier, is how true obedience, submission and worship is in one's ability to listen, as perfected in humility.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Foolishly Following a Fool

On a recent and intentional 5 day disconnect from email, voice mail, and other unending distractions, I spent time with a song sent to me by a dear friend. The song is called "God's Own Fool," written by musician, teacher, Christ follower and lyricist Michael Card. As I listened to the song over and over, the song became really personal. I was grateful for this moment—one I wanted to record for future study and reflection. In this instance, I decided to adapt the words for a deeper study of the song, and so it could become even more personal for me. Below are the fruits of that effort.

Foolishly Following A Fool

I imagine Jesus as the reason for all mankind. But His Holy wisdom is foolish to man—I must seem out of my mind.

For Christ's own family said He was mad, and a priest claimed a demon's to blame. So I in the form of an un-perfect man, must not appear perfectly sane.

I in my foolishness, once considered myself wise, but by offering The Fool, God opened my eyes. I in my weakness believe I am strong, but Christ endured the cross to show I am wrong.

I surrender that hunger to proclaim I am right, and He gives me the faith to receive. As His power of paradox opened my eyes, it blinds those who claim they have sight.

So lose your life for a carpenter's son—a madman who died for a dream. And you'll have the faith Christ's first followers had, and you'll experience the weight of the beam.

I foolishly follow a Fool, something only the foolish can see. I believe what the world says is unbelievable—why not come be foolish with me?

Cat -vs- Apples

For maximum dramatic effect, I recommend speaker's on HIGH, and viewing in FULL SCREEN mode.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Sometimes you can buy a piece of history for $2.99 at a thrift store.

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