Posts Tagged ‘Life’

If You Don’t Know, Electric Co.

July 24, 2009

If you’ve stumbled here looking for info on The Alder Fork, check out the post before this one. If you’d like to read more of my ramblings, keep going. This is the choose your own adventure blog entry, or so it seems.

While it is possible to list dozens of reasons why someone might choose a particular career path in their life, most people would likely answer that they stumbled upon their current job as a by product of circumstance, chance, and opportunity.  The U2 quote that adorns this post can be taken completely out of context as a delightful job advertisement. If you don’t know, Electric Co.! Now Hiring!  There is a group of fortunate people who chose a career between the ages of 7 and 17, figured out how to get there, and now work away at it.  For everyone, either they found their real dreams elusive, or simply couldn’t decide between options A-Z.  The latter camp are the ones who often accidentally become the thing they are most adept at.

As a young person I never imagined that I would complete a Master’s degree, let alone one focused on spirituality and eating disorders.  Even as an undergraduate I had know idea where I’d head next.  Choosing to apply to university was the first difficult choice, followed by deciding which one to go to, followed by choosing a major, followed by establishing a post-undergrad plan, followed by a post-masters plan, followed by a second post-masters plan, followed by…you get the point.  Sometimes living as a life drifter leaves my head all spun around.  The Graduate, a classic movie starring Dustin Hoffman, addresses this particular problem. I used to think I loved it for the Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. Now it’s clear I identified with young Benjamin in his quest for a meaningful existence, first in sex, then in love, and ultimately it seems in the ordinary life of marriage.  For him, those things were never really the answer. He hungered for an explicable element of existence that is almost unreachable. Ben never finds that something in his time on screen.  Hopefully, I will fair better.

A Trip Down Thinking Lane

May 5, 2009

(Turn and face the strain)
Don’t want to be a richer man
(Turn and face the strain)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

David Bowie


By eating an apple and reading Becoming Human by Jean Vanier I created a perfect storm of thought.  This particular apple had two bruises on it, and I began to reflect on the nature of people as I cut them away. The other day, an old friend of mine asked me about the best way to eliminate the pain of bruises on her kness from volleyball. How are these two ideas connected, besides the obvious reference to bruising?  When people are injured they generally take steps to repair the damage.  Most people also avoid eating the bruised portions of an apple.  It’s in our nature to avoid the pain and challenges in our lives.  Vanier’s discussion of the role of pain in life begins with the notion that pain and chaos are inevitable.  He writes that the world is constantly changing and it is our ability to cope and create order that defines our level of happiness.  I would argue that it is the bruises in life that most clearly demonstrate the composition of our individual humanness.  As great as an individual’s life may seem, they are carrying some variation of pain, depression, and/or insecurity generated by the ups and downs of life.  Can they really overcome the problems in their life by cutting them out?  I would guess that the real answer is working through the problems in life.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Where Amazing Happens

December 12, 2008
Once Michael gets up there he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just hang up here in the air for a while, just sit back.’ Then all of a sudden, he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll 360. No I changed my mind. I’ll go up on the other side.’ He’s just incredible.

Magic Johnson

I love those NBA commercials that have the nice little piano tune and images of the players. I think it’s a concept that could be used to promote something more important than pro basketball.  If you haven’t seen them I’m sure they are on youtube.  I actually watched two basketball games last night, Toronto vs. Indiana, and L.A. (Lakers) vs. Phoenix.  I am a fan of the sport and play it whenever I get the chance.  NBA basketball, more than any other pro sports, allows it’s best athletes to perform ridiculous, circus tricks that bend the rules a little.  Last night Jamario Moon put back a miss while jumping over another player. Although you moght argue that he technically touched the ball in a somewhat illegal way, it was still a great play.  If you follow the Raptors then you’ve probably already seen it. My point in all this is that often people are drawn to flash points of briliance rather than larger bodies of work.  I think it’s an interesting contrast to our lives. We live for a reasonably long amount of time, most of which is filled with fairly boring events, like sleeping, eating, in my case sitting around.  Then periodcially we have awesome experiences that stand out in our memories.  When people sit down to write their memoirs they tend to pick out the funny, unique, informative, and interesting stories of their lives. They leave out all the mundane day to day business.

I have always been fascinated with what goes on between the plot points in movies and tv shows.  I don’t want to see how characters spend their evenings, or watch them drive to work but I always think about the many experiences they get to avoid because they are fictional characters.  I guess it’s a response to the fact that my life doesn’t get to be that way, and I get to spend my time waiting for the adventure to come.

Please take some time to vote on the poll in yesterday’s post and I will spend today enjoying a concert DVD or two, courtesy of you. Thanks for your continued support of The Alder Fork blog and podcast. I didn’t think anyone would read or listen, but there you are and I love you for it.