At well over 6′ tall, super skinny, with wildly long and curly hair, you would be surprised by my intelligence and articulation of deep ideas, while I use my rich accent to flirt and joke up to, and over the line of professional acceptability…
Yeah, that’s right, Russel Brand is a refreshingly interesting man, and he and me and you all have something profound in common.
I guess it isn’t looks, or accent or use of pornographic language in public. (I hope!)
This week I saw a video interview posted online. His talk was about politics and the interview got heated several times. The tension was high and he and Mr. Paxman both stuck to their guns. The questions and content were on politics. I don’t claim to agree with everything Mr. Brand said about politics, but see his enthusiasm, see his passion and energy and articulation of compassion; I was moved by it.
So what’s the point? Can we get to it already?? Fine.
Russel is asked at one point, ‘What are you here for?’
His answer is “I’m here to draw attention to a few ideas.”
Yeah, that simple little line washed through me as a profound truth. Is it the whole meaning of life itself? Probably not. But, is it a better version, than ‘I’m here to go to school, get a good job, buy a nice house, fill it with junk, have a few kids, then someday retire?’
I think it is. I also think we’re all doing ‘his’ version of life right now. We are all here, drawing attention to ideas. We are a focus point of consciousness and the direction we’re shining our light is illuminating something, a few somethings, ideas.
What is it that we’re bringing awareness to? Others around can see where we’re pointing ourselves. You may think that I’m talking about our speech, our professions of our beliefs, but not that as much. I think Russel’s statement is deeper than that. It is about where the actions, the decisions the everyday-ness of our lives is pointed. The whole of ourselves is drawing attention to a few ideas.
This blog right here is one example of a way that I do draw attention to ideas. Sure it is a place to bang out words and sentences explaining ideas. BUT, there is more truth around the whole thing. The awareness grows each Friday when the link is posted online again. There are ideas like, ‘Aaron is still blogging, I see’, or ‘This is something that he did again, I wonder why he’s doing it?’… There are lots of things that this exercise may produce as far as awareness, apart from the message itself. Maybe you think, ‘If I had a blog, I would write _______________, and it would be much better than Aaron’s weirdforgood stuff!’. And that may be very well true… If you did.
Anyway, Our actions our interactions and our reactions, are speaking out cognition about something available to us all. As I am writing, it becomes clear that you could write too. As I tell stories of my faith, or my love, or my pissed-off-ness bad attitude, you become aware of those possibilities in your world as well. We are acting as mirrors for others to see in us, what is possible in them, good, bad or otherwise.
Honestly, I like Russel Brand. I like that he’s different, and weird, and hard to put your finger on, exactly what he is about, but you know that he cares and is introspective and intelligent. I like that he has been through some junk in his life, but brings that along to prove that he’s human and wanting to expand and grow his own experience beyond the normal, previously accepted ways.
See the mirror???
Honestly, I like Aaron Nichols. I like that he’s different, and weird, and hard to put your finger on, exactly what he is about, but you know that he cares and is introspective and intelligent. I like that he has been through some junk in his life, but brings that along to prove that he’s human and wanting to expand and grow his own experience beyond the normal, previously accepted ways.
We are all here to draw attention to a few ideas. I know that some of the ideas I am shining a light on, I am proud of. I am happy to share. Some, I am not. Recently, I found that stirring, seething, anger-face attitude, boiling over again and again. Stuff pisses me off. People do to. My wife, can show me, that I shouldn’t let these things control me and she’s right. Then I let something she says, blow my top too.
So there. I am drawing attention to ideas. Some you may resonate with. Some you may shy away from. Some, I hope no one else can relate to, but I have a feeling they do. We are humans after all. And we all are drawing attention to ideas.
What are you drawing attention to? Are you like me, proud of some, not of others? Are you pleased and peaceful, knowing that the life you’re creating is something you want more attention on? Or do you need to know that the attention you’re drawing to certain ideas, may be harmful or dangerous to others, who may follow your path… now that you’ve opened the doorway to it?
I teeter and totter, wondering about my own world. Will I be able to say I’m not that guy, someday, to myself, to kids, to others??
Luckily this isn’t a snapshot frozen in time, yet. It is a moving picture, a video that unfolds, the past is gone from view, the current image is only here for fleeting seconds, before it changes again. Where am I pointing the camera, where is my directorial vision taking this thing? God is the one who’s created the whole matrix of our existence as we know it to be, and beyond that too. We are mini-directors too often though, forgetting his master role.
I forget that all the time. I think this whole thing is up to me. It’s not. But with my little power, my daily choices, I am drawing attention to a few ideas. I hope you see them all, and know the difference between the good and the bad, for yourself.