Grow Deep

I recently bought some pens to get back into ink-work and drawing. I love pointillism and this tree wasn’t planned. It just came out once I touched the paper. It got me thinking: maybe the tree along with its roots that came out of me speak of the deep things within all of us.

The catch is that deep things take time. They take intentionality. They take action. They also take heart.

Today, take small steps to grow deep in the things that mean most to you. Maybe it is making time for friends and family. Maybe it’s fleshing out some crazy idea for a new journey in your life. Maybe it’s just getting back to those talents you’ve let busyness (or the holidays) take from you.

Grow deep. And be very intentional about it. 
You’ll thank yourself later.

NYC Photographer + Two Random Strangers = Very Intimate Photographs

DoMakeCreateScreen Shot 2014-02-09 at 12.25.27 PMImagine you’re visiting New York City and a stranger with a camera walks up to you, introducing you to another stranger. He then asks you if you would be willing to take a portrait with this said stranger, while posing like you were family, long-time friends or in love. Photographer Richard Renaldi does just this, scouring the streets for two random strangers and then bringing them together for one intimate photograph.

Richard asks his random subjects to show some sign(s) of affection to their co-stranger. But the beauty in the photos is found not only in how these strangers-turned-subjects seem to have deep histories, but also in how each person’s boundaries and walls seem to come down—if just for this one photographic moment—for a shared experience unlike any other.

These photos and the story behind them reveal so much about ourselves, our human existence, and how it is truly not hard to find within us connection, compassion, and dare say—love, for the  strangers we pass by every day.

For more, follow Richard Renaldi on Twitter, Instagram and his blog.

Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think.

An infographic developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we’re talking those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have $3.2 million in assets). If you want to take a page out of Bill Gates’ playbook, wake up early, exercise, read more (definitely cut back on your reality TV intake) and write a daily to-do list.

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THE WEEKLY MUSING: We Are Reflections Of Our Affections

This phrase that came to mind while driving with my wife Joanna one night, and it’s been stuck with me ever since.  I just thought I’d open up this musing to everyone. What do you think? Where do your affection lie? Or are you lying to the world, being something you are not? Do the people around you see you one way, and you know inside that this is not the case?

Would love to get some dialogue going…

What is The Weekly Musing?

A musing is a period of thought or reflection. The Weekly Musing is a thought-full post, where something has stood out to me and I feel compelled to share it, comment on it and invite others to do the same. Leave your comments on this week’s post by opening up this week’s Musing to it’s full page and writing in on the bottom.


All Creativity Comes From Love.

DoMakeCreateMaybe you have never thought about it, but all creativity that is refreshing and beautiful comes from a place of love. Creativity and love are interwoven. We are each affectionate towards our ideas, our skills, our talents and our craft. Without this love and affection, the creative processes become mechanistic. Without love, all that should flow naturally and organically becomes plastique.

However, if we were to spend our energies focusing on the things we love—

putting our affections on the things that make us come alive—something marvelous would happen: the fears would go away.

 If we let the love of engaging the creative things inside us be perfected in us, the fears of failure or disappointment all disappear.

Fears of what, you might ask?

Fears of failing. Fears of doing “it” wrong. Fears of amounting to nothing. Fear that the impossible isn’t really possible. The task is to love the creative things within us, even if it is the hardest thing we ever do. The Bible speaks about how a love that is perfected will cast out fear. If we let the love of engaging the creative things inside us be perfected in us, the fears of failure or disappointment all disappear. In other words, we love our creativity so much that it doesn’t matter what any person or any society says—we do it anyway.

My advice for you today is find those things you love. Writing. Cooking. Painting. Designing. Managing. Leading. Teaching. Playing. Singing…

Whatever you love, engage it. And then once you pour out your love on your craft, extend your hand to give it all away. The world needs a whole lot more love, and the more love that can be expressed through the creativity of your life, the better off you and our world will be.