Art is the Beauty in Everything

I consider myself an artist. I believe everyone is – to an extent – an artist. Art – in my opinion – is doing things with flare. It’s not just music, wall-art, or acting, but doing things with a personal touch.

A great example of this is a cop in New York City break-dancing as he’s directing traffic. Still doing his job, but doing it in style. He put his own spin on it.

Another good example is the nurse who organizes a birthday surprise cake for an elderly lonely patient. She did her job, but also put her out of the box thinking cap on while she did it. In my books, only artists think outside of the box.

TV commercials are going great lengths now to blow the viewer’s expectation and imagination. So much so that we’ve come to expect it. If it is a crappy commercial, our perception of the brand being promoted goes down the drain. If it is an original out of the box idea, our perception of the brand goes up.

A great example of this is a breast firming serum comercial being shown on late night TV. We see a lady stand in front of the mirror admiring her large bust, and then she pulls the picture away from in front of her. Turns out she wasn’t admiring her breasts, but rather that she was wishing those were hers… as hers obviously weren’t as voluptuous.

So, we’ve come to expect brilliant art in marketing. Why can’t we expect it everywhere else as well? With a few critical exceptions, isn’t art what helps us evolve as a civilization? Outside of the box thinking sure is. At least in my opinion.

Whatever we do, lets give our creativity some room. As in, let’s do things exceptionally well with our own touch. Our own flare of creativity. Let’s have our creativity be the cherry on that exceptionally delicious cake.

If we’re created in the image of God, let’s be creative as well. He sure was.

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Watching the 2016 Election

So it’s tuesday night and I’m sitting here, about to watch the last few votes get counted, and it dawns on me: I got this brand new popcorn machine that I won a few months ago. I never tried it out yet, mostly because I don’t usually watch all the much TV, but figured “Hey, now is as good a time to try it out as any!”

So I pulled it out of it’s box and popped myself some popcorn. I added some melted butter and sprinkled some salt on top of it and boy… it was delicious. Lékué makes one hell of a popcorn popper!

I never had a popcorn maker before, so the ease of using one – especially this one – was so awesome. So simple, so easy, yet so delicious.

popcorn-popper

So as I’m sitting here – crunching away on delicious yet buttery popcorn – watching the election unfold, I notice a shift happening. Not just in the election as to who is winning, but in the attitude of those that once called themselves the peaceful democrats. Their whole demeanor changed and they got violent during and right after the election.

I was saddened to say the least. Wasn’t voting part of being in a democracy? Isn’t part of being in a democracy that we accept the majority wins? Just because we did not win should not mean we reject the system. Doing so undermines the very nature of democracy.

All I know is I’m grateful I am not a politician. I’m also grateful that the next president didn’t appoint himself ruler over us. I am grateful that we have the rights and freedoms to vote. We have a platform that allows us to make our voice heard.

Most importantly though, I am grateful for popcorn. Nothing comforts like tastefully salted and buttery popcorn does on a lonely election night. At least not in my home.

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