Category Archives: Inspiration

Living With Intent: My Brother, Gotham Chopra. And My (Somewhat) Biased Review of Kobe Bryant’s Muse

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I have a memory of a family lunch at a famous seafood restaurant in Boston. I was 14 years old and my brother, Gotham, was 11. After ordering our food, members of the Boston Celtics basketball team marched through the entrance, scattering themselves among tables near us. Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge, Robert Parish – they were all there. Gotham stopped breathing. Not because he had choked on a piece of swordfish – but because he could not contain his excitement. His eyes went wide with disbelief. He literally could not speak.

My father was appalled. “These are just kids who can throw a ball in a hoop,” he chastised Gotham. “Doctors, scientists, humanitarians, these are the heroes you should be worshipping!” Gotham ignored my dad. He was in a sacred place, and nothing could take away his joy. The fact was my brother’s Religion was Sports, and these were his gods. Continue reading

Can Wisdom Save Us? Why It Has To

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There’s always a sense of crisis in the air generated by whatever bad news is making the headlines. At the moment, the greatest alarm is being stirred by terrorism and the spread of Islamic extremism. Yet at a deeper level, our anxiety centers on something much deeper, the possibility that the human experiment has reached a dead end. A set of enormous problems face us, from climate change and overpopulation to epidemic disease and global water shortages, that test the limits of human nature.

The terrible possibility of moving backward in our evolution as a species seems possible to many observers.  We occupy a unique place in Earth’s evolutionary history, being the only creatures threatened not by natural selection but by our mindset. Pessimists point to climate change as a stark example. Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of global warming, no solution is being acted upon quickly enough. The American public has become numbed by issue fatigue. Deniers have political clout, and ordinary citizens feel helpless to the point that many feel doomed. We continually prefer to either ignore the problem or push it away as the consumer lifestyle adds more and more to the underlying problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

FireWalk

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I remember walking.

To the beat of my inner talking, and soul stalking. Every step is a detailed and ghostly psychic chalking of my past lifelines, present past-times and future fires.

Oh man. It was an intense time. Past tense. Future tense.

With every step, there was a kind of cleansing. Like walking on white hot coals of regrets. Brutal, but kind. The kind of intensity that happens only a few times in your life, like some greater power is trying to sell you on an old idea, that may be new to you. Who knew? Continue reading

Celebrating American History in Words

America is home to inventors, artists, scientists, activists, freedom fighters…
The list could go on forever and it is something we’re very proud of.
We’re celebrating today with words of wisdom from Americans who overcame amazing odds to make history that changed us all.

We are not makers of history.
We are made by history.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader

I freed a thousand slave.
I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
-Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist Continue reading

STP MKNG SNS.

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Ahem.

Sorry, to interrupt. But. Can you hear it?

Sure you can. Don’t fight it. Don’t deny it. Own it. It’s been poking and stoking you for a little while now. Can you feel the relentless tapping and rapping? The kneeing and the freeing of you?

Teasing and breezing right by you, like a butterfly tornado, faster and faster, trillions of flapping wings, an infinite number of times over, until it finally gets your attention. And it never gives up, because we both know that it already gets you. It knows, that you know, that I know, that you know, the deal.

Yes, now you are letting it, and getting it. Continue reading

What is love? Quotes to know your heart

What is love?
Is it a feeling, or a biological response we don’t fully understands that directs our steps more involuntarily than we give credit? Maybe it’s a choice. Maybe it’s all a lie. Historians aren’t necessarily sure which Saint Valentine is the one we celebrate on February 14th. Regardless of how dreamy-eyed or cynical you might be tomorrow, a day to celebrate the people we love the most seems like a worthy celebration.

So what is love? And what does it feel like to you?
Here are some wise words from some wise people to help you decide. Continue reading

Hozier’s Grammy Hit Goes to the Ballet

This past weekend, Hozier played his 2014 hit “Take Me to Church” alongside the famed Annie Lennox and just blew the Grammys crowd away. Today, his song joins an ever growing list of pop tracks being paired with mesmerizing choreography by pro dancers. Most have seen the video for Sia’s own Grammy nominate hit “Chandelier” featuring the amazing 12 year old Maddie Ziegler, who makes a return appearance in Sia’s controversial video for “Elastic Heart“, this time alongside Shia LaBeouf, not usually known as a dancer. Continue reading

Fall in Love with Something Old/New

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Seth Worley is a writer and director in Nashville, TN who brought the internet and some of his friends classic shorts like Plot DeviceSpy vs Guy, and Super Lion. Combining endearing storylines, sweet soundtracks and usually a fair amount of lasers or time machines, Worley has been creating and producing videos alongside his brother since childhood.  Continue reading

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