I have always loved the drums. Apparently, I wasn’t able to nap when I was 6 months old unless my brother Mark was practicing drumming. It’s in my blood and anyone who is around me for more than five seconds can attest to the fact that I’m tapping or practicing on my knees/the table/a bank machine/to the metronome of my car turn signal. I’m sure this has to be annoying for the people in my life but I do not apologize.
Three things that drums have taught me in my life:
1. Do what you absolutely love because it will be an endless source of joy. If you don’t it will eventually turn into an endless source of pain and what ifs.
2. It is perfectly ok to take up lots of space. The more drums the better:)
3. Be loud but tasteful. Have a point.
Fun with friends 2011
“Every fire is the same size when it starts.” - proverb
We never know where life will deliver us so let’s create awesomeness along the way regardless. Vision starts as a spark, an idea or a coffee conversation. From the spark, it is up to us to fan the flames and fuel the fire. Passion and vision are great motivators.
My dream for the world is simple. Imagine what would happen when everyone is living for the purpose of increasing joy, love and abundance for everyone else. The great thing about this dream is that I wake up and choose it every day. It doesn’t rely on anyone else to start.
Life is amazing.
I painted this canvass nine times over the course of 3 months. I just couldn’t get it right. I felt like that character on Sesame Street banging his head on the piano crying, “oh, I’ll never get it… never”.
The main lesson here I suppose is that persistence pays off. I would include patience as well but, I was not patient with this one. I wanted to smash it to pieces. It is about a million miles away from what I originally intended but that’s ok. I love it now.
The other lesson is that if you want something to happen, you keep on it with diligence until it manifests. It may not turn out exactly how you envisioned. That doesn’t matter. With enough love, passion and persistence awesome things can come about.
The only real failure is in giving up.
Passion and spontaneity go hand in hand. I know first hand that impulsivity can lead to bad choices. I have however come to learn that impulsivity is uncontrolled emotion whereas spontaneity flows genuinely from the Heart. It’s only real enemy is that part of our brain that just says no to adventure and fun.
Passion is life. Passion is purpose. Passion is fire. Passion is fuel. What is your passion?
This painting was completed in a series along with 3 others to follow. Each one supports one another but are also independent.
I met with Cheryl Crowe. She’s the head of socially responsible investments for Canadian Credit Unions and NOT the rock star. Here is the idea that I met with her about:
We start an equity fund that invests in entire distressed areas of a city. The distressed properties would be demolished and rebuilt or retrofitted into modernized homes AS POWER SOURCES rather than power consumers. Basically, these areas of the cities would become alternative power grids to compete or supplement the current energy supply. Like batteries.
What happens to existing tenants? Fire them out of a canon for all I care. This idea is about making improvements, not pandering to the weakest link. If you get offended by this, then I’m just kidding.
The new tenants would become part of an education program that teaches them how the technology works and how it is maintained. The would move in on a lease agreement at fixed rates. The fund could control the rate of return on investment by setting the lease rates to a specific percentage.
On another note: I found out through a friend at Manitoba Hydro that they had a practice of purchasing energy from people who use solar panels or generate private energy at $0.50 per unit and selling it back through the Hydro grid at $0.10 per unit. He suspected that it was because they didn’t want the competition. Go figure.
Regardless of the complications that would inevitably arise from manifesting this idea, I personally feel that builders could be taking the “homes as power sources” idea a little more serious. Cheryl loved the idea but didn’t know how to go about making it happen. Apparently investment advisors at banks only sell products and don’t necessarily know how to create them.
This is an idea that came to me when I asked my self what I would invest in. There are some really forward thinking equity funds in the states. Here in Canada we are stuck with “ethical” funds that invest in the five major banks and oil companies. I apparently have a different definition of “ethical”.