“That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.
On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines.
Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
– Carl Sagan, 1934-1996
Photo Credit: NASA (Public Domain). The Earth as imaged by Voyager 1 as it exited the solar system in 1990, dubbed ‘Pale Blue Dot’.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
– from Max Erhmann’s “Desiderata,” The Poems of Max Erhmann, p. 165 (1948)
It’s a little over a year to the day since our last #coffeedate. And oh my, it’s been a year.
If we were having coffee…
We’d be sitting at video village, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in northeast Atlanta. It’s 7:00PM, and there’s something very comforting about being on set.
We’re surrounded by dozens of people, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, a lot of which I have no idea how it works. Everyone is working away – like a hive, each job different but no less important to the final product – a terabyte or so of digital information, sent away to another group of equally important worker bees.
Controlled chaos. And we’re sitting in the center.
I’m right in the middle of a move to the Big Peach – for work – and while I’ve been dragging my feet about it for a few years, now it’s all happening as if to make up for the lost time. But sitting here, right now, I’m at peace. My budget is taking quite a hit – cost of living is going up quite a bit. But sitting here, in a director’s chair under a tent in a parking lot at 7:00PM with a cup of coffee – I’m exactly where I want to be.
This is shamelessly stolen from a blog I follow (Zen and Pi, to be exact).
After a bit of a hiatus, I’m happy to share our first #coffeedate. I haven’t done this before…but, hey. I’m here, you’re here. Let’s just go with it. I’m having a great time already.
If we were having coffee…
I would say it’s late for coffee. I’m cruising at 32,000 feet, headed to The Big Apple. Leaving work behind for the moment (or trying to).
I’m conflicted as I sit here, with my cup (of not coffee, actually, I got sparkling water from the flight attendant). I left work early to get to the airport (after submitting my time card, ironically).
Overall, I’m enjoying the new project I’m on. I’m in a different position, and excited to be learning new things. Specifically I’m feeling the “don’t fuck this up” vibe you get with any new “first”. I haven’t felt it in a while.
Why New York? I signed up for a Halloween race with my sister. We’re going as Starfleet cadets, and I’ve convinced her to stop and salute everyone we see who’s wearing a Starfleet uniform. It’s gonna be great.
Well, seat backs and tray tables in their full upright positions.
This was nice. We should do it again soon.