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I'm a huge fan of costume movies. I just love to see all the beautiful clothes, and to fantasize about how it would have been to live in a different era. Right now I'm watching Mr Selfridge, and except enjoying the show, I catch glimpses of wisdom every now and then.
"Don't apologize, don't explain. As a tactic it has always worked for me."
- Mr Selfridge
This is what the owner of the store says to one of his employees, when she comes back to work after having left due to her alcoholic father. There is a lot of depth in those words, and I had to write them down.They mirror an awareness of your unconditional worthiness. It's so easy to feel a need to explain why you make the decisions you make, just to make sure people won't judge you. It's very revealing though, since you wouldn't really care if you hadn't already second guessed yourself. In caring to much about what other people think, you expose a fear of not being accepted or loved. Nothing wrong in that, but it is an invitation to accept and love yourself more. It's enough that you know your reasons, and you don't judge - no matter what other people might think.
This is also a good reminder of not judging or making assumptions about others. Other people act like they do because they have their reasons too. It's not our business to know every detail, we can just trust that there is a reason for every behavior.
After a couple of days of writing I went exploring the island today. I took a ride along the famous Road To Hana today, together with Tiago from Brazil, who is my neighbor here. The sight that amazed me the most was Black Sand Beach, no competition. The colors are incredibly intense, and the waves in the ocean are so mighty and powerful. A truly breathtaking experience at this magical place.
Maui is a volcano island, and the sand here is actually small, smooth, lava pebbles.
I get Alan Cohen's daily inspiration e-mailed to me and today's message was this. How sweet not to feel the need to convince anyone of how right or how good you are. How sweet not to feel the need to change other people in order for you to feel good. How much easier it would be to be happy, if we just let people be as they are. I wish I could do better sometimes. The most harassed victim of my convictions must be my husband. More often than I'd like to confess, I try to make him understand how my ideas of things are superior his. I will try to let go more easily, let us think differently and be ok with it. Good reminder!
There are worse working spaces than this! I've taken a trip to Maui to finish a project that's been on my mind for a long time. Now it's time for it to get out of my head and into the world. I've written a couple of songs that I want to release together with reflections on the lyrics. It feels good to reflect upon those on Maui - good decision to go away! I have a lot of time to focus only on this project, and so far so good! I think I will have a finished draft when I get back to Los Angeles in 2,5 weeks.
Yesterday I sat on the beach to enjoy the sunset and I met these two lovely fellows. Little did I know earlier that day, but I learned four chords on the ukulele from Gregory, and I got to witness Dave playing on a shell like a trumpet - as a form of gratitude ritual. Interesting to say the least. The night ended with us all singing John Lennon's Imagine. Anything can happen here on Maui ... 😄
A not so beautiful house, but the flowers! Bougainvillea - what's not to love about it ...
Singer songwriter Jaden Larue released a new album yesterday. We had a great show at Hotel Cafe, one of my favorite venues for live music in L.A. It was so much fun playing her songs, I absolutely love the music! Check out her album "In My Bones" on iTunes or Spotify!
I've had a dip when it comes to my career and playing for a while, not feeling any enthusiasm or direction at all. Now suddenly, for the first time in a very long time, I feel inspired to play again. Wonderful of course!
Photo credit: Toby Jacobs
Fun times with awesome cellist Simon Huber and my hubby (also pretty awesome).