A New Years Wish for You and yet another chance to reflect.
Posted by QuickrPickrA close friend of mine seems to have learned quite a bit this year- and has luckily lived to reflect upon his findings. In an email written to me today, he jotted down a few thoughts that he knew that I would appreciate- that (perhaps only) i would understand, as his friend. In much the same way as the images i pass on to all of you from my days of roaming and real estateness, it can be said that much more is going on than that which seems to be immediately apparent. My friend is wise beyond his years but must learn some of the most important lessons the long way- just like all of us. His email deserves to be shared and may be helpful-if not just hopeful- for others besides myself. So unless he disapproves and for some reason asks me to remove, I would like to share these words with you all because i can imagine that the woven wisdom within may be more than relevant to many lives out there. The real truths of life have yet to be written, i feel- the majority of it must still be worked out through conversation and love. I present the words here for you, unedited and rough like the changes that inspired them.
So today I begin to get ready for the new year.This date is so arbitrary, lol, what makes it a new year? that the planet is spinning around the sun one more time? 5.5 billion years of spin, and now it is a new year/ he. but we need a point of reference. The only thing that matters is life and love. Will I have love when I am gone, will I have I or is it(life) a one shot deal, my daughter and i were taling about this, what happens to you afterwards? My sweet chip. I live/love in responsability, I know.The only thing that makes you worthy is to care for those around you and to work on caring for all others. since we cannot take care of everyone we must care for those around us. try to not be so selfish. And I work in the most selfish of professions, a profession that says you *OWN* a piece of land, a house a cave, an amalgamation of bricks metal wood and glass that we build with the labor of those who were hired to build them, and lay claim to our mother earth as if We could Own Her. Goddess save us all. I will now try to conform and make money for my tribe, for myself, my tribe is what I care about, and define my tribe as those i have love for because i respect them. so far I have not been successful in getting rich with this mindset. The greedy pigs win, and people say, hey, you did not succeed, you have failed. but we all "fail" since we all die, we all appear and disapear in existance on this planet. In this Universe.the best success is to be here with a clear concience, and in a state of clear conciousness.the tribe is my non abstraction, it is real to me. more real than money in the bank.True, there is a lot going on here. A lot of it would be best considered with its source- but if you knew how dramatically different things have become for my friend just in the course of the last year, it would be hard to not appreciate the amount of change (for the better) that these words demonstrate and in at least attempt to convey. Most people that would sit down and bang something like this out from their heart might feel the need to CC to everyone on their contact list- he sent this just to me, yet I feel we might all be able to take something positive from it as we prepare to ascend upon a new year... a new chance. For the past year, I have taken every opportunity available to me to reflect upon my involvement with the city and the many changes occuring around me. In my position (& in my profession [real estate-duh]) much of the change that occurs-ie. in neighborhoods, in families and their living situations- is virtually inseperable from my hand and involvement. I facilitate change. We all do of course, but not all of us have the power to hit you where you live- or find you a place to do so. We must be aware of our power and be mindful of how it is used. In 2005, I learned an unmeasurable amount about life through blogging images from my daily life- for you. I wanted to somehow make myself more readable-more accessible to those that need my help when finding a place of thier own to exist within. The shady broker element should not exist as it does in an environment where people need each other to survive. In NYC, such a situation is the case. I have attempted to weave art and transparency in with my real estate practices so that it will not be as hard to understand when you recieve honesty from me, instead of the lies and tricks that run rampant in the approach taken by many others with the same responsibilities as I. I document my involvement and copyright it with a trace of my presence. We become one in the same this way. The end will be just as the beginning- a gradual and eventual meshing of my self with the environment that allows me to coexist- two things that were never separate to begin with. What is important here is the realization that occurs- the notice that one can take of his/her effect upon the world and people that we share life with, that we involve ourselves with and ultimately change. How we go about aiding this change is a conscious decision every moment that we are awake and wandering. I wish you all a joyful new year and all of the hope that one person could ever have for another in the days ahead. Live, Learn and Love.