“When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.”

“In the pursuit of Knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Way,
every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.”

Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)


I have been doing a lot of self-reflection lately, trying to get back to my old self, even back to my 20s– updated of course :).  I am extremely organized and on top of things, making plans… but I think I need to just stop and let whatever happens… happen, and (gasp) stop trying to have fun, because you really shouldn’t have to be trying ;).  A couple of weekends ago I did just that and randomly went to San Jose, grabbed a yummy lunch and pastry, then saw the Leo Villareal exhibit (amazing!), and made a little LED art project while there.  It was so funny that this was so amazingly fun when I have a packed social schedule and do tons of stuff that sound super awesome and interesting, but so often I do not feel stimulated and alive doing it!

Anyhoo, here is to practicing the Way…

Why I love airports

This post will be quick– boarding a flight to DC in a few minutes!  I am reminded sometimes of how my life does (and sometimes does not) live up to my childhood visions of a glamourous adulthood.  I envisioned my grown-up self traveling internationally for business, and here I am:  San Francisco, to Washington D.C., to Rome, to Prague.  I must confess, it does not feel as exciting as it sounds– this is definitely a big, long trip for work!  But I still can be romanced by it all.

Flying to me continues to be romantic, and not solely in the love sense of the world.  More of that sense of time and place.  Airports are amazing to me because they have people of all types, hometowns, and destinations, all crossing paths in their exciting adventures.  There is a sense of destiny uniting these people to intersect.

Okay, I have to board soon, but I would love to hear others thoughts on the romance of travel.  Yes, airport security, mediocre food, and other silly things get in the way, but really:  what is more exciting than traveling on the road of life?  🙂

HELL-o-ween vs. HELLO-ween

Most folks who are reading this entry are well beyond the cute trick-or-treat years of their youth.  So with Halloween upon us, this is a great opportunity to do some deep reflection on what our costumes say about ourselves.  Just kidding! Okay, only sorta. But if you are interested in the Psychology of Halloween Costumes there are loads of articles.

Adult costumes can be broken up into the following:

HELL-o-ween: Scary costumes.  Like actually scary.  Tends to be immature males that lean towards this, but also very festive folks who really get into the original spirit of the holiday.

HELLO-ween: Sexy costumes.  As ingénue Lindsay Lohan so eloquently puts in the fine film, “Mean Girls”, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”  Both men and women participate in type of costume choice, but men often with a tinge of:

HA!-loween: Silly/ creative costumes.  Intellectual, geek oriented costumes thrive in this category, as well as the just plain old fashioned silly.  These are often great because they are conversation starters and are of the “I’m not trying to be cool but I am cool” variety.

So I lean towards HA!-loween, but with a tinge of HELLO-ween, because, well, some would say I am tease.  I have typically been cynical towards Halloween, but my grad school peeps at UC Santa Cruz taught me to embrace Halloween for the opportunity it is.  So what IS the opportunity at Halloween?  Well, for HELLO-ween obviously there is the chance to let your risky, uninhibited side out.  Already putting it all out there?  Or to shy to to?  Or maybe, like myself, you haven’t been using the ThighMaster for a while, and don’t want to be buying the plus-sized naughty Dorothy Gale of Kansas costume (oh, cliche!)  Well that’s what the funny HA!-loween costumes are for!  Show folks you have that creative side, that you’re a little different.  Plus, there aren’t many times a year when you can show off your creative side for all to see.

So for the above reasons and my last minute nature, my past costumes have been:  wood nymph, maiden victim of the famed Vinnie the Alien Vampire (who deserves a post of his own), twin to Vinnie the Alien Vampire himself, pig in space, and last year, Poison Ivy, who was often mistaken for Eve, of the Garden of Eden (um, not naked anyone?!)  This year, as opposed to the brainy costume with the slightly cutesy twist, I’m going the reverse.  A traditionally flirty brand of costume but adding some creativity to it.  If you want to see what I’m talking about, come party at mi casa.