A good little post by Annie Cardi on taking time to stop and smell the roses. I think it’s especially important to be mindful during this holiday season. As you rush around to shop, cook, and go to parties, remember that you’re doing these things out of love for other people and your own enjoyment. And if you find yourself hating something, then that’s probably a pretty good indication that you need to stop and rethink your purpose and motivation.

Annie Cardi

9780060535254Last night, Walt and I saw the Huntington Theatre’s production of David Cromer’s Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This might be my favorite play ever and this production was stunning. In general, the show emphasizes the fleetingness of life and the importance and beauty of the everyday. Cromer’s production takes this to a new level and I’m still pretty much an emotional wreck about the whole thing. (But in a good way.)

But it also made me think about an article I read recently about the art of being still and how that can help you as an artist. It’s easy to rush through the day and never really notice or appreciate the things and people around you. In Our Town, Emily and the Stage Manager have an exchange:

EMILY: Does anyone ever realize life while they live it…every, every minute?
STAGE MANAGER: No. Saints and poets maybe…they do…

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