Friday, December 6, 2013

Comedic Genius

Yesterday I met Tatsuya Ishida quite serendipitously. I was reading Rob Brezsny's "Pronoia" (How The Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings) where he quotes Tatsuya. I was so amused by it, I shared the entire quote. (I was exposed to Rob through Fred Burks. Fred offers free on-line courses (PEERS) and I highly recommend his Wisdom Course) Relishing Tatsuya's point of view, I Googled him. He turned out to be a cartoonist. And my oh my what a cartoonist! I got into his archives and literally haven't stop laughing since. The link that follows is a tiny fragment of his brilliance.

Thank you Tatsuya. You are a gift that I am so very grateful for.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Permission Granted

"All I ever wanted in life was to make a difference, be worshipped like a god, conquer the universe, travel the world, meet interesting people, find the missing link, fight the good fight, live for the moment, seize the day, make a fortune, know what really matters, end world hunger, vanquish the dragon, be super popular but too cool to care, be master of my own fate, embrace my destiny, feel as much as I can feel, give too much, and love everything."

~Tatsuya Ishida

As Patrick Stewart was wont to say as Captain Jean-Luc Picard; "make it so."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


I was born to succeed, not to fail. I was born to triumph, not to bow my head in defeat. I was born to toast victories, not to whimper and whine.

What happened to me? When did my dreams all fade into grey mediocrity where average people applaud each other as excellent?

~Og Mandino The Greatest Salesman in the World (Part II)

Monday, December 2, 2013


Possibly the greatest crime we commit against each other is this daily show of "normality." I have countless little conversations with a variety of people, and the impression I get is that most men don't have problems. Even the complainer presents himself as a victim. He doesn't suggest that he is experiencing confusion. He is all right: it is the circumstances which are bad.

The comment "Don't mind him, he's got a problem" illustrates this universal attitude toward personal difficulty. The implication is that having a problem is a strange and avoidable weakness. When I come in repeated contact with this daily facade of normality I begin to assume that I too deserve such a life, and I get annoyed with the present and look upon my difficulties as unjust tragedies. And because I assume there is something unnatural about my having a problem, I attempt to present a problem free appearance too.

~ Hugh Prather Notes to Myself