Your calling

hopeful drive

“To find your calling is a gift. A purpose provides the drive to pursue excellence along with an unwavering belief that your work is of value. When you can take this resolve and turn it into a vocation you achieve a rare and extraordinary feat.”

by Susan Carr, The Art & Business of Photography

I was really glad to come across this on the web this week. It was a good reminder to think about work and other stuff of life that is “of value”.

We spend so much time doing so many things: how much of them are of real value, the kind that will matter next week, next year, the next decade?

It was both a wake-up call and a spur.

“Get Focused – Read Books”

…I don’t think only paper book can bring salvation. In my opinion it’s any book, in any form. You can reach for a paperback or an enhanced ebook or an audiobook. Some better than the others, but they will all reduce this annoying feeling of distraction. You’re not in the endless abyss of the Internet any more, you’re in a fully formed world, following its story at the speed you choose.

You can say “yeah, but sometimes I’m distracted so deeply, that I can’t imagine myself reading a book.”

You’re right, I experience it every day. Among so many skills we learn to keep up with changes, we have to add one more – how to turn into a reading mood after a busy day full of multiple streams of information, smartphone rings, push notification beeps and nervous location check-ins.

It’s doable…

via Password Incorrect

I came across this post today and it totally reinforces what’s been going on my own life lately: not only getting back into writing but more importantly, READING. Ah, one of my earliest loves. It’s not that I’m NOT reading lately, but that I’ve read MUCH less of whole books, as opposed to snippets, posts, articles, post – all good, but quite different from the experience of immersing myself in a book.

Three weeks ago I went on a vacation to interior BC, hung out at some Rocky Mountain hot springs, and just READ. It was amazing, so much so, that I am determined not to neglect the practice. I’m going to be intentional about spending a solid hour or 2 at least twice a week (probably before sleep) just getting into a book. This means choosing to get OFF the MacBook and to not catch up on feeds, fanfic and links, and instead getting that tea or wine or water and sitting down and cracking open the pages.

More recently, though, I should say that turning on my newly purchased Kobo ereader is more commonplace than actually opening the pages.  It’s been incredibly convenient since I was able to load up the books I already have and read them on a good size device rather than my phone or iPod Touch (which, while convenient, never provided an immersive experience).  Two weeks in, I am loving it and have finished 3 books, and working through another two.  It’s great to get back into an old-but-not-forgotten love.

A thing of rare beauty

Beinecke Library designed by Gordon Bunshaft, SOM (photo credit: Nick Hollot)

Today in my Tumblr dashboard, someone had reblogged this picture of the Yale Rare Books Library.

It made me stop and stare.

I had to figure out some of what I was looking at but otherwise, the photo kept drawing me in: the colour, the content, the idea of the kind and smell and feel of the books in that room……

“Ethnicity is not important”

“Simon says it’s best not to invest too much of one’s identity in ethnicity.”

I am an avid listener of NPR and think that they are the best source of news, most of the time but this story was just… just… so… biased and bad.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129301982

As some of the commenters already pointed out, this story breaks the #1 rule of journalism, that the journalist be objective and have no bias. I guess journalism gets meshed with a bunch of other kinds of writing nowadays and this isn’t the biggest problem I have with this article but… ANYWAY.

That quote up there. That pressed a button. My first thought, who the hells is HE to tell ME that it’s not best to invest too much of my identity in ethnicity. DUDE. Being Korean is one of the most important things for my identity. When asked to draw a picture of “me” in a high school art class, I drew a big picture of the Korean flag as a part of the collage. Being Korean isn’t THE most important part of my identity but it’s certainly more important than a bunch of other things and I certainly do invest a lot of my identity, time, energy, and money into being Korean.