Monday, May 26, 2008

Lions for Lambs

I wonder how many of you have seen the movie Lions for Lambs? It was the first delivery I received from my new Blockbuster account. What a treat to receive a movie in the mail!

The film is directed by Robert Redford and stars Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Redford. At first it seems as though you are watching three totally disconnected mini-movies. But as the movie progresses, the pattern woven between these three stories becomes clear.

I don't know about anyone else, but I can often be powerfully impacted by a movie. This was one of those times. I think more than anything else, the film left me with many questions that are extremely thought-provoking and challenging to answer.

If only one theme were extracted from the stories, it would have to be the issue of Personal Responsibility. But within that, would have to be the question of where we each see ourselves on the continuum between Apathy and Engagement. 

Behind the scenes, Redford commented that one of his primary intentions was to address the lack of involvement, apathy and cynicism that speak to the times in which we are living. In his role as the college professor, at one point, Redford says to his student, "Rome is burning and the problem is Us ... all of Us who do nothing."'

I wonder how many of us are ever truly faced with the question of Who am I as a Person? Am I Willing to Take a Stand? Where do I stand? What will I stand for? What will I fight for? What would I be willing to die for?

I am most anxious to hear your comments on this one!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Twenty-One Commandments

Just received this from a new FB friend. (Thank you Carrie)

You've probably have seen it before (as I have) but how many do you regularly follow? So simple but not always so easy.

Blessings to you all on this Holiday Weekend!!


ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone.

To all of my friends - - old and new!!

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart. Please share.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Invoking the Muse

"When that time comes, I try to be alone and silent for several hours; I need a lot of time to rid my mind of the noise outside and to cleanse my memory of life's confusion.

I light candles to summon the muses and guardian spirits. I place flowers on my desk to intimidate tedium and the complete works of Pablo Neruda beneath the computer with the hope they will inspire me by osmosis.

 If computers can be infected with a virus there's no reason why they shouldn't be refreshed by a breath of poetry. In a secret ceremony I prepare my mind and soul to receive the first sentence in a trance, so the door may open slightly and allow me to peer through and perceive the hazy outlines of the story waiting for me." - - - Isobel Allende

How do you Invoke the Muse??

"The Tao of Life"by Susan Schanerman                            

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Artist Within

"Sunset heARTs"by Susan Schanerman
I just made a new friend on Facebook, Sheryl Brown. In addition to being a Marriage & Family therapist, she is also an artist. And when I saw some of her artwork posted on her blog, I said to myself "I want to post my art, too!"

I actually tried to upload or post or whatever you call it, to my Facebook profile about a week ago, but technologically-challenged as I am, I wasn't able to do it. So then I decided that I'd try to add the art to my blog. Sheryl suggested changing the format of my blog, (which I did, yea, me!!) and uploading my drawing was actually pretty easy.

So here I am, revealing and displaying to the whole, wide world, for the very first time, the art that comes out of my heART. (Please note: The play on the word heart/heART is not accidental.)

Back in 2002 or 2003, I clearly remember the day I was driving on US 1 in North Miami in a torrential rainstorm, and the word heARTmatters popped into my head. It was followed by There's ART in Every heART.

The phrase kept repeating itself over and over until I reached home, at which point I pulled out some colored markers and started drawing/coloring.

In the months that followed, I created a number of pictures that were my way of expressing the ART that had been hiding for so long, within my heART. Now, it feels like the perfect time, to begin to share some of those creative expressions with you all!
This picture is entitled "Sunset HeARTS."

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Current Status

Just a quick post to announce that today is Day 21 of my Facebook journey and I'm at 196 friends!!

Found an old notebook earlier today and it had a bunch of entries from March 2005 and then again later in the year in October. The March entries all had to do with the up-coming release of my book Play or Pay. Lots of thoughts and ideas around branding and marketing.

The later entries had to do with the Law of Attraction, and that was way before The Secret came out! I had made a number of lists. What I wanted to see in my life, What I wanted to be eliminated from my life, Long-term goals, Short-term goals, Ideal Client, etc.

The one thing I find most interesting that the #1 item on the Long-term goals list was that I would move back to New Jersey (my home state) by June 1, 2006. As it turned out the date was on-the-money but the state was not. I arrived in Georgia on June 1, 2006?!? Go figure?

Truth be told, most of the other Long-term goals are still in progress - - but what I can clearly see right now is that the one item that I made specific with a date - - came to pass on that exact date. And believe me when I tell you, when I made that declaration about moving on October 23, 2005, it was no more a reality to me than walking on the moon.

Just goes to show the creative power that all of us truly possess. I think I'm going to turn my Long-term goals into Short-term goals - - or at the very least speed up my time frame. I will keep you posted on my successes!