Jason Landry is a writer, photography collector, and owner of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA. I write about photography for the Huffington Post and I'm the author of, Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography.
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The human condition. What is that all about anyways? As I sat today in a church attending a funeral, the priest started to discuss “The Human Condition”. He went on and on, and I must say, quite philosophical. I actually was attentive and listened, although at times he mumbled so bad that I thought he was speaking a foreign language.
As wikipedia explains it: The human condition is principally studied through the set of disciplines and sub-fields that make up the humanities. The study of history, philosophy, literature, and the arts all help us to understand the nature of the human condition and the broader cultural and social arrangements that make up human lives.
In essence, the human condition is our experiences. It is free from race, color, gender, nationality, and religious beliefs. Each of us will have varying conditions during our lifetime––both the good and the bad. Learn to live each day to the fullest. I hope that your “conditions” or your personal experiences are all momentous and positive.
Thank you Auntie Barbara for pulling your car over to pick up my shoes, as I used to throw them out the car window when I was a little kid.
If some grand idea bubbles up to the surface don’t dismiss it. Ruminate on the idea for a bit, and make sure that it is sound. If you have to play it over and over in your head until you can work out the minute details, do so. Sketch or type out the idea so that you can look at it to make sure what you envision still makes sense on paper.
Once you’re convinced that you have the greatest idea on earth, pitch it to someone that will help you confirm it. Continue to find more validators so that your idea grows into its own thing.
Your thoughts and ideas are just two things that make you unique. Share your uniqueness with others, but only when the time is right.
Paradise can be deceiving. Sometimes what you see on the other side of the fence (as in this picture) might look idyllic for some, but in actuality it’s just a mural on the façade of a building.
Sometimes paradise is right in front of you staring you in the face. Reach for the stars and dream, but remember, you don’t always have to go to exotic locations to be in paradise––pure happiness and paradise can be right where you are.
I hope that you had a great summer recharging your batteries. Whether you are heading back to work or heading off to college for the very first time, I truly hope that your September will be electric!
I hope that you will make new connections in September and sparks will fly. I hope that you join a new network of friends and peers and you become a conductor of energy that flows throughout them. Sometimes having all of this energy and electricity running through you might create some tension with others. If that’s the case, act like a lighting rod and deflect all of the negative energy and electricity and bury it in the ground.
As long as you have the nourishment you need to keep your body healthy, you’ll have the energy to do whatever you want. Channel it and put it to good use.
Behind every good artist, writer, musician, teacher, carpenter, race car driver, bobsled racer, tennis player, electrician, bus driver, gallery owner, welder, officer of the law, blogger, pilot, DJ, mountain climber, chef, politician, mail carrier, accountant, is a really GREAT spouse.
Make sure you thank yours today. They put up with a lot of your stuff. You wouldn’t be the person you are today without them.
These are some of my favorite words––words that I use a lot. What makes these four words so important is that they are linked––well, at least I consider them linked. For instance: when you are “networking”, often times you are building new “connections”. These new bonds, over time, could lead to one of your connections becoming more of a “mentor” in your life who might support and give you some “inspiration”. Some people use their networking abilities to meet more like-minded individuals who are following down a similar path. They use their connections to opens doors for themselves both in business and in life.
But a word of caution: Don’t just take, take, take from your network, connections and mentors. If you finally get to that fourth word and find “inspiration”, and you owe some of it to the people in your network, you need to flip the script and learn to give back. Become a mentor yourself, and inspire a whole new generation. Be that connector in your group. This is when life really gets interesting.
When I was 13 or 14 years old, I got my first guitar. I learned a few chords and tried to play along to my favorite songs. More than 25 years later, I bought myself a new guitar, and here I am, trying to re-learn everything that I once new.
It’s a humbling feeling when the teenager in me knows the tunes, but my 42 year old fingers keep messing up the songs. Even an old dog will have to re-learn his or her tricks if they’re not used to doing them. Practicing is how you create your rhythm. Artists, athletes, and musicians, just to name a few, practice their crafts to become proficient. The ones who practiced a lot are easier to pick out of a crowd. You can see it in their presentation, their preparedness and their confidence. Once you get into a good rhythm, the things you “like” to do ultimately become the things your “love” to do. Keep practicing what you love to do every single day. You may never perfect your given craft, but if the spotlight was on you, you wouldn’t be afraid to stand up on that stage and play.
When a lightbulb is on, it illuminates a room. It helps us to see clearer and enables our eyes to focus so we don’t have to strain them.
When off, the glass of a bulb reflects the contents of its surroundings, as long as the glass isn’t frosted.
If you yourself were a lightbulb, do you think that you illuminate the people that surround you, support and care for them, congratulate and promote them, or do you reflect them, pay them no mind, toss their ideas to the side only to concentrate on yourself.
If you have just realized that the latter sounds more like you, don’t fret, you’re in luck. There is an easy fix to this: flip the switch up to the ‘on’ position. Be the filament that brightens someone else’s day!