Thought for the Day

May 17th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Took a drive out to Sulphur Springs Texas yesterday.

Took a few songs I was working on with me in the car.

Also had a great conversation with my friend Dr. Blase Harris in Hawaii.

We got to chatting about Buckminster Fuller an American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary.

In 1927, at age 32, bankrupt and jobless, living in public, low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois, Fuller lost his young daughter Alexandra to complications from polio and spinal meningitis. He felt responsible, and this drove him to drink and to the verge of suicide. At the last moment, he decided instead to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual could contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity”

Wow, what an example of moxie and courage and faith. Reminds me of something Joseph Campbell might say. “Follow your Bliss”

Fuller went on to change the world and live an extraordinary life. Look him up;

Way too much to mention here but he definitely answered his question and how is that for a quality question?

“What can a single individual do that could contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity”

Beautiful question = Beautiful answer.

The size of this man’s heart can be measured in the way he left the earth as well.

In the period leading up to his death, his wife had been lying comatose in a Los Angeles hospital , dying of cancer. It was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: “She is squeezing my hand!” He then stood up, suffered a heart attack and died an hour later. His wife died 36 hours after he did. He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

That is beautiful as well, she signaled it was her time and he wanted to go with her.

He was in the moment and sensitive to her and majorly aware and authentic here.

Every time one of my students who I all consider friends walks into my home, I ask my self “How can I make his or her day better through music and lead by example. I encourage them to start bands and to follow their dream and do what they love”

I try to be fully present with them.

I am working on this in my relationships and friendships as well.

A wise one said, “Children don’t need your presents. They need your presence.”

This path is not always the easy one but it is the right one and you must have faith.

“You don’t learn from experience. You learn from your capacity for experience.”

It’s just like singing, you do not have to have the greatest voice. Just believe in what you are singing and do it from the heart and to build and make the world a better place. James Taylor was booed off stage early in his career but he stayed the course and found his voice. Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin are excellent examples of singers who made it because they believed in the message and sang from the heart.

This is the Key;

Here is something to think about;

“What kind of LOVE asks for “yes” in advance?”

You either believe in love or you don’t. Do what you love.

It’s not always easy to stay in the moment especially when you are doing what you love. You will feel vulnerable and naked sometimes.

This is OK, because your are stepping out from your shadow. Carl Jung said our shadow is either or best friend or our worst enemy.

Believe me, I mess this stuff up all the time, but the pursuit of happiness requires us to stick our necks out and “be alive”.

Remember that is the true definition of “believe”

“To be alive, in the moment.”

So like I said in my song “No one knows my thirst”

“If you must work, work on LOVE.”

All of my Love,

Eric

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