- Right Arm
- Left Arm
- Right Leg
- Left middle finger…
Yes yes I know, I’m a dork. How do you break your middle finger? Well you tag a guy out at home plate while playing softball. As it stands now I have to keep the splint on for at least six weeks, which means three weeks and then I have to wear it only when I play ball for a while.
I’m such a dork…
I’ve been home for the last three days, I only managed to get enough energy to venture out yesterday to pick up some more NyQuil and more juice, other then that I’m going slightly stir crazy. I have some form of a virus that my nephew gave to me when we all met up at the parents house last weekend. I had started to feel bad Wednesday, but I decided to try and tough it out, bad move on my part. I tried to make it through practice Wednesday night even though I was feeling less and less good.
S and I went to see Smart People last night at the Guild 45th, I’ve never been to the theatre and really not had the chance until last night. It was worth going to a small theatre to see a good movie.
Ok so the movie itself was smart as the title would suggest. The cast was good, the direction was worth seeing, and the writing was excellent! Ellen Page, after her appearance in Juno, I didn’t expect something like this from her, plays a young republican who is growing up to be just like her father, played by Dennis Quaid, a self absorbed prick. It’s not until her adopted uncle, Thomas Haden Church, who is… well exactly opposite from her father, that she begins to find something better to do with her life. Don’t misunderstand me when I explain the characters, the movie is not just about a single one of them, it’s about a whole family of them. The son is a poet, the father is a professor, the daughter is a republican and the uncle is… well he’s not much of anything expect the voice of reason. It’s almost like the uncle character is a confused Jiminy Cricket, in the way that if you’re a young republican you have a conscience that’s telling you to smoke pot and get drunk. The best line from the film was when Ellen Page was at the bar getting drunk and comes out from the bathroom to see a few of the people from her school and says “what’s it like to be dumb?” The response from the other girls is “what’s it like to eat lunch by yourself?” her response to this quip is “it sucks.”
I’ve been trying to be better about posting something at least once every couple of days just to get in the habit of writing again. Something in my mind is telling me I need to dust off these skills and get ready to use them again.
My mind has wandered back to the single idea of getting some sort of degree, I’m close enough to an Associates of some sort that I feel like I should just get it over with. Another part of me thinks an Associates isn’t good enough and should go for the whole degree. I’m conflicted, one part wants the paper while the other just mocks myself and says “why do you need the paper you know there isn’t a class you can take that will make you better at your chosen career path.” I’ll admit the second voice is a little louder right now so it’s hard for me to think about dedicating any time to what would be considered a second job. On top of that summer is coming and frankly summer in Seattle is one of my favorite things.
The Seeds of Compassion conference in Seattle is something of an anomaly as far as I can tell. It’s been billed as several different things it seems and it became clear to me when I was speaking with the media wrangler from the organization that the purpose of this conference is to focus on the raising of our children to be compassionate humans.
The approach is a series of conferences and lectures to bring experts in the field of raising children into one venue and give you access to them. Some of their comments will not agree with you, but that’s the point. You have to make up your own mind when it comes to raising your children, but if you give them the opportunity to be a compassionate human you’re going to be contributing to the bettering of our society.
A quote from an eleven-year-old child brought the idea of compassion home to me, “They say home is where the heart is, but if you don’t have a home where does your heart live?” This was the lead into the discussion of children in the foster home and orphanage systems the world over, the idea that these children are raised with little or no compassion for not only their physical but their emotional well being is a travesty, it’s a sign our society has something desperately wrong with it that we need to address.
When it came time for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak he started out by mentioning the benefits of compassion and how it’s not just a wholesome feeling you receive when you help someone out of compassion, but it’s the residual feelings you generate not only in yourself but others around you. One of the other concepts that He spoke of was the idea that to practice and cultivate compassion can bring less fear and more inner strength to an individual. The idea that every human action should carry compassion is something that is universal in His thoughts from this afternoon’s discussion.
Compassion is a seed of potential, the more you practice compassion the more you benefit the world over. You can be the seed of change by helping one person out of compassion rather than out of obligation. How can we ignore such a simple call to action? We ignore the helpless, we ignore those less fortunate and all it takes is a small amount of time to reach out and be compassionate to others.
My favorite quote from His Holiness was towards the end of the discussion, “One does not need religion to be compassionate or to learn compassion.” You can believe in any version of god you decide, or none if you like, but we all need compassion in our lives.
I’m completely stoked about this weekend. Today I pick up my press pass for the Seeds of Compassion conference that’s happening this weekend. One of the special guests is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, someone who I admire and consider to be on of the most spiritual humans on the planet. His messages of peace are something even the most die hard atheist can get behind. It’s really all about being groovy to each other, how hard can that be?
Someone from the Seattlest has decided to use one of my photos! I’m pretty happy about this as I was really happy with how the photo turned out.