3 Rules for Living

November 11, 2007

Here are Jerry Seinfeld’s three rules for living:

  1. Bust your *ss, no matter what you do. (In other words, WORK HARD)
  2. Pay attention. Learn from everything and everyone all the time. If you look around, there’s plenty to see.
  3. Fall in love…with anything. Be passionate about something in life.

Making space for happiness

November 7, 2007

Here’s one way to look at suffering, courtesy of Lance Armstrong:

“Suffering, I was beginning to think, was essential to a good life, and as inextricable from such a life as bliss. It’s a great enhancer. It might last a minute, or a month, but eventually it subsides, and when it does, something else takes its place, and maybe that thing is a greater space. For happiness. Each time I encountered suffering, I believe that I grew, and further defined my capacities–not just my physical ones, but my interior ones as well, for contentment, friendship, or any other human experience.”

~ Lance Armstrong, 21st century cyclist and 7 time Tour de France winner

Music as sporting event

November 5, 2007

We understand the passion and magic of sporting events. But do we really understand that in the context of musical performances?

Last night I experienced what can only be described as pure magic, when the Youth Orchestra of Venezuela performed at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

I have always believed that there is a unique passion present in non-professional music groups – something is different when you are doing something you love, something you’ve grown up with, something that has nothing to do with “having a job”.

Here are some testimonials from the members of the orchestra, and a brief history of “el sistema”, the extraordinary 30-year project of Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of the group. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding my swing

November 2, 2007

From two simple concepts, I had a major breakthrough in my golf swing today. After a full year of near-weekly lessons with my golf pro, Russ, I thought I had hit a wall. I knew I wasn’t practicing consistently enough, but recently I had gotten focused on working with a “Medicus” teaching club. This modified golf club has a hinge on the shaft of the club that is designed to bend if there are any imperfections in the plane of the golf swing. It is an extremely frustrating, but potentially effective, tool!

I first used it over the summer while visiting my dad in Chicago – he swears by it, and encouraged me to try it one day at the driving range. I stood there for an entire hour and could not make contact – actually, could not even bring the club back successfully – even once. I wanted to throw the club, but it kept bending!! Read the rest of this entry »