Complicated Enemies

In an interview of Jason Reitman, movie director, I read :

“I love when things become complicated. I have the impression that it’s in these moments that we’re alive the most”.

That’s understandable for a guy who write movies, right?

If things become complicated, it can become fun… until you’re too stressed, right?

But as you have a strong personality, complicated is good. Can be. Why?

  1. Because you have to think.
  2. Because it disturbs you.
  3. Because you have to wait and watch.
  4. Because you have to be clever.
  5. Because you have to focus.
  6. Because you have to prepare.
  7. Because you have to foresee.
  8. Because it increases possibilities.
  9. Because you like to fight.
  10. And what else?

 

One good example of things becoming complicated is when appears a close enemy.

The far enemy is another thing. Sometimes we even invent an enemy – it’s a good energy to use where you are.

 

What do you do in front of a close enemy (at work, in family, in a team, wherever). What’s your weapon? Smile? Diplomacy? Hierarchy? Mediator? Open battle? Lures and cunnings?

Whatever. It’s a good conversation subject.

  1. Because you have to think.
  2. Because it disturbs you.
  3. Because you have to wait and watch.
  4. Because you have to be clever.
  5. Because you have to focus.
  6. Because you have to prepare.
  7. Because you have to foresee.
  8. Because it increases possibilities.
  9. Because you like to fight.
  10. And what else?

 

See?

“I love when things become complicated. I have the impression that it’s in these moments that we’re alive the most”.

Thanks for reading!

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Coming back, enriched

This is not much of an article, but you know me : when I have a pattern in mind, a little tool or the piece of a map, I have to write about it.

My pattern here is about someone who comes back, enriched.

Enriched with experience, of course…

  1. You have a restaurant and your cook partner goes to France for a YEAR. He learned things, because when he comes back he’s different. He knows more things. He shows you. He has different ways…
  2. You lover quits you, it’s a real break-up. She met someone else… But it doesn’t really work, thus she’s back in your arms… with new caresses and techniques. You notice. Does she notice you noticed?
  3. A midwife quits your country to improve her skills in… India. What happens when she’s back?
  4. You’re a painting teacher, and you… etc…
  5. A son comes back home after he…
  6. In a company, a manager comes back with team after a month with the CEO…

See my pattern? You can draw overthinking mind-maps about this :

  • Do you have to go away to “come back”, of can you do it innerly? You’d have “enriched” by your researches, and “enriched” by the fact of being elsewhere…
  • Is it dangerous and where is it?
  • What about the noticement? You are suddenly and mysteriously enriched therefore others know something happened… somewhere else.
  • Can enrichment be disguised, hidden into a false impoverishment?
  • What is “resistance to change”, here, for both parts?
  • The change is always happening because we grow up, so is this article about a disruption? Like : Not “more” or “more intense”, but “more complex”, or “different”?
  • Why is this weaving comeback/enriched interesting? Why come back, after all? Enrichment elsewhere as steam to stay out and not coming back, ever. Enlightenment?
  • What’s the difference between this and “move forward/enriched”?
  • What are the risks and ways of failure, here?
  • Is the comeback a way to compare? To triumph?
  • What if the comebacker doesn’t realize how much it’s a big deal for whom discovers these squirting “new knowledge”?
  • Do you know other stories?
  • How to link this with “the return of the prodigal son” pattern?
  • What the fuck do we do with returners? Admire them? Be jealous? Kill them? Smack’em go away where you come from, idiot, them? Unnoticing politely their progress?

Thanks for reading!

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Artification

I sold a book to a lady who is writing a thesis about… Artification.

I asked her : “What is this? The way Art spreads into society?”

“Noooo”, she answered. It’s the way Art extends its own definition : some things were NOT considered Art before, and now it’s Art.

Of course, you know me, we immediately had a little chat about resistance to Artification. I told her about authors who talks about decadence and “c’était mieux avant” (it was better before).

But I write this article because it’s a pattern, right?

It’s not Art Spreading in society, it’s more things becoming Art in society.

It really makes me think…

It’s a difference. A mutation more than a spread?

It’s a problem of definition (“What is Art and what is not”), it’s a problem of… field.

The field is not extending becoming larger (like Art coming to stations or malls), the field extends by mutation.

OK. Where else do we find this? Can you help me?

Thanks for reading!

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Delicious Toxicities

I thought a lot yesterday after my article, about the fact that some artists, some stories, some movies are disturbing, or hard to understand, or even toxic to us. Some persons too!

I talked a lot about this idea, which is like an obsession to me.

I could listen to Abba all day but sometimes I feel I have to explore Mahler, even if it’s very complicated. I have to read, to listen many times, it’s a mess. I need to make efforts. I have to work.

I watched Mission Impossible 6 and it was such a pleasure. But I need to watch Manchester by the Sea, and Ladybird, and Phantom Thread, and Bergman’s Persona – I needed 3 evenings to finish this last one. Efforts : it was like a puzzle for the mind, it was complicated.

“Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué”, say the French. Why being simple when you can be complicated?

How come I want to explore things which need… efforts? I don’t know. Exploring is a good feeling. And I love structures : I dream to watch every movie of 1960 just to have an idea of the mood of the era. I will attack Miles Davis one day. I promise.

Mahler is hard. Proust is hard. Bergman is hard. Bacon (the painter) is hard. And learning a new language too!

I don’t think it’s about efforts, even if it’s needed. It’s about exploring. Extending something. Enriching? Of course, one solution is to quit, or to give up on these beginnings. But I won’t : I need to be disturbed, I beg.

Why? Because it changes things in you. Progress, it’s about. Evolving.

It’s like when I see a new challenge in Gurushots. I have to take a steampunk photo, and I don’t have any pictures of that. I have to invent one. It’s… a challenge – I had great fun.

 

Thanks for reading!

Happily, the challenge today was “Green”. Not to hard :

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Dots & Arrows, States & Movements

This morning I read over My Archetype? Koala. With glasses…, an article about different boxes I stay in.

I’m a Taurus, Gemini ascending. In China I’m a Horse of Fire (please kneel)! In MBTI I’m an INFJ for almost sure. And I’m a 5, The Observer, in Enneagram.

In some of these disciplines, from the “Dot” you represent, they talk about directions, the forwards. My Taurus “becomes” Gemini. My 5 have inner tendencies, etc…

So I have an idea for a book – and as I will never write it, I give it to you :

Make a big LIST of your qualities and characteristics.

From EACH item, draw two arrows.

  1. One is your TENDENCY, the natural evolution of the item. Yes it can be bad : poor you, what to do what to do!
  2. Two is about EFFORTS you should make (it’s maybe the contrary of One but it doesn’t have to).

(because of course if you use your “name” (Scorpio ENFP blah blah) to be a lazy “I’m like that take it or leave it”, it’s wrong, you should go to hell now. Allez!

  • If your brain is Black & White, you’re analytical, you obey rules and you use your reason – but sometimes you should use Colors, take risks and use your intuition and listen to your fantasies.
  • If you’re slow, you can get stuck, but you could also choose to move fast (and you know you can).
  • If you live in a place you could visit another country all in a sudden.
  • If you’re churchy, everything linked to pleasure is more or less forbidden or guilty – shup it up today and you go girl!
  • If you’re a Taurus you’re slow and you like your quiet home – go outside and take fast decisions. If you’re a Capricorn, well : you’re also a Wolf, go run with the wolves!
  • If your life and brain is structured too much, use some tools to bypass your mess : alcohol, sex, and sounds!
  • Shut up words : music will talk to you without them and… free something.
  • What is forbidden? Why? REALLY?

See?

Ok what do you need to evolve? Someone else? A long time? A shock? Intuition? How is the path himself? What tools do we need?

You’re welcome!

Thanks for reading!

(sorry for my English, it’s getting worse and I hope you don’t laugh too much)

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Unexpected Connections & Sparks Exchanges

ONE

Yesterday I thanked a retired man I always have good conversations with. Always curious and funny, we often have our ten minutes of jubilations, before quitting each other with a smile (and a few sparks around our heads).

You know, he replied, what we do is “Le commerce des idées” (ideas exchange) : I give you seeds and you give me seeds too.

It’s not only about sharing little ideas, but also ideas of books, movies, patterns, links (links and connections are great!). Some spirits like “the idea of getting ideas”. Exchange.

You are one of them, right?

In France we have this word, “commerce”, which means “business”, of course, and “trade”, and also “store”, but also, in a little old-fashioned way

“Madame de Sévigné conducted a vast exchange of letter” :
“Madame de Sévigné avait un grand commerce épitolaire”

TWO

While coffeing in my bed this morning I found this quote from a great French drama actor, Michel Bouquet :

“The public doesn’t come to watch you play, it comes to play with you”.

THREE – Mutually Beneficial

I hope/dream this blog acts this way for you my fellow readers!

Not only as a toolbox, a basket of gathered ideas and patterns, but also I wish it :

  1. Gives you the desire to comment, interact, begin a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.
  2. Gives your brain a slight movement, a desire to know more, which could lead you to exploration. A map, an index, a little machine…

Thanks for reading!

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