"To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences."
a poem by Rumi,
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
From Essential Rumi
and this video by Aaron Koblin
These ideas consumed me the whole day -- ideas of restructure, allowing everything in to learn and relearn, and how our world and storytelling are ever changing, shifting blobs of important stuff. I wish I found a way to remix all three pieces together to form a new whole but all I had in me was to gather the bits and enumerate them in this manner. Bad or good thing? I don't know. Maybe I just wanted to keep in touch with you guys. And well, practice what I teach. Whatever the case, I meditated on Rumi's and Didion's words, and watched Koblin's videos until my eyes were dry. It feels like a fragmented, incoherent dream right now, sharing this with you. Maybe tomorrow, it will happen, come together. Maybe the following day, I can remix. Or not. Maybe this is my version of a vacation. I don't know.
Anyway, what about you? Where in the world are you and what inspired you today?