Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ancient Greek Theater

Ancient Greek Theater started with festivals honoring the God Dionysus in a festival called called, “City Dionysia.

From this event tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays emerge.


The Greeks were the first to write about these integral parts of the human condition and examine it. To the Greeks, theater was a way of holding a mirror up to society and examining our human behavior. 

They went to the theater not to see actors, but to see themselves. 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

How to Bridge the Gap Between Good Taste and Quality

There's a wonderful video floating around by Ira Glass, the host of the radio show, This American Life. In the clip he shares how people drawn to creative endeavors are led by having good taste. But there's a gap nobody ever tells you about.

It's the gap between bridging that good taste with high quality content. It takes years for the two to grow in harmony with one another. And because it takes time most people end up quitting.

But if you're resilient, flexible in your thinking, and understand cultivating any endeavor worth pursuing takes time, the two eventually meet one another. When that happens, it's magic.

The key is to keep producing work. Don't stop. No matter how discouraged you feel or inadequate you're convinced the work is. 

Share your voice relentlessly until you bridge that gap.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Lessons from People Who Don't Care What You Think of Them

Not caring about what others think of you comes partly from getting older.You stop thinking you need to please everyone.

You also begin to realize all the people you thought were thinking of you when you were younger weren’t at all. They, like you, were too consumed with their own needs.
But liberation from judgement also comes from knowing your values and living them. When you know what you stand for and live in harmony with your principles, you don’t get worked up when people are soured by what you say or do.
The folks I admire understand those disagreement have less to do with the person but more to do with the philosophy they’ve adopted for their life.
They possess a resilience in thinking, which says, “This is what I think. You can stay on or get off, but I’m moving on.”
But most importantly, people who don't care what you think believe themselves to be worthy of love, unbridled joy, mindfully exploring what else life has in store for them, and a happy BEING.

They understand that aging is not about an arbitrary number, but about a culture around those numbers they have the power to shape.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Redirecting Ambition

When I was a kid, my father would often be away for 5–6 weeks at time. He would be traversing the planet for work. 
Today, that ambition has been redirected from working towards external rewards to ones that can only come from rich experiences.
Like my folks, the happiest people I know take road trips, travel to far away lands, try new restaurants with friends, pick up new hobbies. All of the things they once claimed to have no time for.
Now that they have the time, they often kick themselves for not making the space for those experiences sooner.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Benefits of a Healthy Relationship with Mortality

There’s a lot of joking about death in my house. It's not as ominous as it sounds. 
It's the opposite. 
An awareness of an ever-decreasing time horizon doesn’t instill fear but rather liberates.

Knowing you don’t have all the time in the world has a wonderful way of clarifying goals, forcing one to zero in on what truly matters, and spending time on the relationships you want to deepen.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What I've Learned from the Happiest People in My Life

My folks don’t look at aging as simply surviving but as an invitation to continue to thrive. Blowing out a few more candles doesn’t mean an atrophy of the spirit but rather a reawakening of it.

They also reframe what aging means.
They drink deeply from great literature, talk long walks, travel, and surround themselves with like-minded friends and family.
All have these efforts have contributed to heightening their awareness in all meaningful arenas of life including spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
As a result, they're less worried, more grounded, and have greater joy.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Best Part of Grad School

Studying theater was an extraordinary time in my life. I was encouraged to take risks, find courage in vulnerability, and recognize the power of compelling stories.
I was also surrounded by a like-minded group of people who felt a desire to use storytelling as a way of sharing the human condition.
Most importantly, there was no intolerance in that little black box theater. Uncle Vanya could be black, Ophelia a petite girl from Singapore, and not a speck of truth was sacrificed.
If anything, the stories were enriched.

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