Have you ever seen stars in the daytime? Smack dab in the afternoon. And I’m not talking afternoon soaps or tabloids. I’m talking daylight.
I saw some. They were green. My gaze somehow wandered to looking up. And there my eyes met a friendly vision: a green star waving in the breeze, saying a jubilant hello. Hello, hello, you are a welcome sight, you and your legion of stars, all dancing in natural delight. You sparkle well in the sun, none of this man-made glitz. You are altogether really made.
It was an unintentional relief, for my eyes to be looking at you in all your joy instead of transfixed on the search for that someone, that something. And so, you are a welcome relief. I couldn’t help staring as I walked past, you in all your unnoted beauty. And when I had finished walking past I thought of turning around and going through it all again. I would probably look like a fool, turning around in the middle of the road.
I turned around; I couldn’t help it. I must’ve looked like a fool. I willingly accept this lot.
“She said the food was great, but I knew she meant that the memories she built there made the food even greater. No food is better than the memory of having eaten it, of having shared it with another in a very particular physical, mental, and emotional space. Every repeated trip to a restaurant is a longing to re-conjure or prolong or change or rewrite the memories that we’ve stored. Every craving for a food we enjoyed is a pretense for the desire of certain feeling we want to experience again.”
Jazz has given me its piece of mind, in such a kind and beautiful manner as this: that sometimes, it’s alright to sit and take in things as they come. And from that, make music. Make music with what you know and what you have.
Slammin’ down my thoughts on jazz, unpredictability, and of course, life. Check it out over at ArtPower! at UCSD’s blog.
I don’t think human relationships were created for the (sole) purpose of comfort, but instead to challenge one another to be more whole and fully oneself. To draw out the potential and see the best in one another, requiring a commitment that communicates the safety to take risks, to face points of improvement, to push the boundaries of what is expected or “right.” Call me out because you think I’m capable of (being) better, of more. It will show me that you believe in who I can become.