Saw this sign on my run this morning. #election

Saw this sign on my run this morning. #election

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I discovered these common, self imposed restrictions are rather insidious, though they start out simple enough. We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis. Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to believe that these personal restrictions are, in fact, the fixed limitations of the world. We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we can change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the thing s we want to do. And we dream. If only. If only. One day. Some day.

Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often , we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, unlike me, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.

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If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Song: “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads

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While recording her final album, and just days before her death, Howard interviewed Janis on the phone and asked her about the stir she’s causing in the Women’s Lib movement.

"You are what you settle for" - Janis Joplin

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There are only two kinds of freedom in the world: the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounce possessions.

Song: “Freedom at 21” by Jack White

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“Belief is tricky business because left to it’s own devices it can court a kind of surety, an unquestioning allegiance that fears doubt and destroys difference.” - Barbara Kruger, artist

“Belief is tricky business because left to it’s own devices it can court a kind of surety, an unquestioning allegiance that fears doubt and destroys difference.” - Barbara Kruger, artist

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They’re oil magnates worth $21.5 billion each. They founded the second largest private company in America. They own the fabric Lycra. They fund anti-global-warming groups and have been dubbed by Greenpeace “global climate denier kingpins.” 

Meet the Koch Brothers, the men behind much of what’s wrong with America – another revealing piece of infographic journalism from The Beast File.

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We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt
If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.
Some unknown Texas genius
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Anais Nin

50 Favorite Albums of 2010 from NPR

There’s some amazing music highlighted in this list. Check it out.