you can’t make me…

Lisa Lillibridge paradigm shift

A friend subtly let me know (in a middle of the night e-mail) that I can’t make her “shift her paradigm” as my blog often references thematically lately. Funny, I actually had a dream that told me the same thing last night and it involved my sister (Laurie I forgot to tell you about this today on the phone). I guess I better pay attention to what the universe is telling me.

better to fail originally…

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It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~Herman Melville

seeing beauty in the ordinary

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Some look at a crack in the sidewalk and it looks like a flaw—something someone didn’t repair or didn’t care about. Not me. Since I was a child I’ve found beauty in flaws and destruction. I think this helps to look at the world with less judgement. It isn’t like I am NEVER bothered by garbage or broken windows or graffiti—I just choose to see the beauty in the ordinary.

change.

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In my pursuit of spring changes (this girl need a lot of change) I started thinking today about the one thing I could shift to create a meaningful difference in my life. I want to look at the habits or long-held beliefs that I could shift just ever so slightly. As a culture I think we go to extremes…politics, diet, exercise, vices etc. What if, just what if one slight change in your life could net a really significant improvement to the quality of your daily experience? What could it be? What are the possibilities? I would love to hear your ideas.

life is complicated.

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Life is complicated. Sometimes it would be nice to be so singularly focused in one direction that everything else just fades in the background like these images.

“…there should be long obedience in the same direction…”

Nietzsche said, “The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.”

I don’t know if modern life allows absolute singular focus. However, since we are able to make choices—we can choose to spend our time in a more singular direction and get rid of distractions that are taking us further from and NOT closer to our goals. I am going to try to spend the next few months eliminating some distractions and see what comes into better focus.

contradictions

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This is what my brain is like most of the time. I want an old ratty chair and pop art cartoon flowers. I want to be left alone and I want to go to a party. I want to be really thin and I want french fries and beer. Contradictions. Where would be without them? Where will end up if we don’t acknowledge them? I pretty aware of mine and I also have three teenagers always ready and willing to graciously point them out for me. Try to pay attention to your contradictions and see what happens. Maybe they aren’t so bad after all and maybe you will actually learn something from them. I do occasionally OR NOT.