When Evan Lattimer’s 92-year-old father died in 2007, she inherited his large collection of odd relics. It included a cigar smoked by W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo’s driver’s license, Abraham Lincoln’s shaving mirror, a bearskin coat owned by Gen. George Custer, and Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis.
Here’s your assignment: Get more organized and purposeful about having fun. Think harder about what makes you feel good, and plan more aggressively to bring those feel-good experiences into your life. I’m not advocating irresponsible hedonism. You will become a better servant of those you care about by boosting your commitment to pleasure. You will carry out your duties with more aplomb and effectiveness. Raising your joy quotient is actually a formula for becoming a better human being.
The Appalachian Mountains span 1,500 miles from Newfoundland to Alabama. They are the seventh longest range in the world. And yet they have shrunk over the eons. Their average height is 3,000 feet, but when they were young they were probably twice that high. What happened? There has been constant erosion caused by rivers, glaciers, wind, tree roots, lichens and oxidation.
If you don’t identify and express your conscious desires, your unconscious desires will dominate your life. Be very clear about what you really want, and install a shining vision of what you really want at the core of your everyday life. If you don’t do that, you’ll end up being controlled by habits and old programming.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was an influential French photographer, a pioneer of photojournalism who helped transform photography into an art form. In 1986, he was invited to Palermo, Sicily to accept a prize for his work. The hotel he stayed in seemed oddly familiar, but he didn’t know why.
With expert execution, musician Ben Lee can play 15 notes per second on his violin. Superstar eater Pete Czerwinski takes just 34 seconds to devour a 12-inch pizza. When Jerry Miculek holds his rifle, he can get off eight crack shots at four targets in a little more than one second. While upside-down, Aichi Ono can do 135 perfect head spins in a minute.
As the makeup artist for Dallas Buyers Club, Robin Mathews had a daunting task. During 23 days of shooting, she had to constantly transform lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto so they appeared either deathly ill or relatively healthy. Sometimes she had to switch them back and forth five times a day. She was so skillful, she won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Her budget? A meager $250.
“I am a seed about to break,” wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem “Three Women.” That’s how I see you. You’re teeming with buoyant energy that throbs when a seed’s ready to sprout. You’ve been biding your time, gathering nourishment, waiting for the right circumstances to burst open with your new flavor. That nervous, hopeful, ecstatic moment is about to arrive. Be brave!
The English verb “cicurate” is defined as “to tame or domesticate” or “to make mild or innocuous.” It once had an additional sense: “to reclaim from wildness.” It was derived from the Latin word cicurare, which meant “to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.” Make cicurate your theme now, concentrating on these definitions: “to reclaim from wildness, to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.”
“You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence,” said psychologist Carl Jung. Extrapolating from that, we can hypothesize the more willing and able you are to be influenced, the greater your influence might be.