Motivation Monday's #001

Hey, it’s Ryan.

Hope you’re all doing well! I know it’s been a minute. I traveled with the family for a couple getaways to Colorado and Wisconsin.

Always an enjoyable time with screaming kids and potty breaks every thirty miles. Turning a six-hour drive into nine. Not to mention the smells from the backseat. Oh, the smells.

On a heavier note...

I’m sure you’ve been following the happenings in Afghanistan. I’m also certain you’ve felt a lot of things, thought a lot of things, and sometimes words fail. Not to mention the Haiti earthquake, fires, natural disasters, a pandemic, and personal pain and struggles for good measure.

Amid sadness and sorrow, I hope these newsletters can be a source of encouragement, inspiration, hope, and fun. We all could use a little more fun in our lives, right? I know I could.

Maybe you’ve noticed I switched up the name (Motivation Monday’s) and focus of the newsletter.

There is a method to my madness.

One, by calling it Motivation Monday’s, I’m creating a self-induced deadline with a goal of a weekly email… wait for it… on Monday’s.

I’ve been sporadic with the newsletter, so maybe this will help with consistency.

Second, every Monday, I'll send out five things I hope will motivate and encourage you for the week to come. These could be books, movies, articles, music, art, podcasts, my own writings, and other "motivational" cultural artifacts to be used in your own life.

Following my motto on the site: let's reflect on life and art and see what sticks.

I pray some things will stick and serve you well in life and art.

If you like the newsletter, stick around. If not, no hard feelings and please unsubscribe. I know I’m not for everyone, and I have expansive tastes.

If you stick around, I’ll do my best to honor your inbox.


Okay, here’s five things worth sharing this week:


1. Creativity Motivation: Do you have a bliss station? A place where you can go to think, reflect, make stuff, pray, and enjoy your favorite things? I have one in my living room where a basket of books awaits me, and a record player.

Joseph Campbell talks about a bliss station this way:

“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

2. Articles/The Podcast: Death is coming for us all. I wrote about how death is a great motivator for creativity. I also did a podcast about it.

3. Books: Words matter. I enjoyed this book about becoming ecologists of words. I also enjoyed Soundtracks by Jon Acuff, and the voices that destroy our lives.

4. Podcasts: I recommend this podcast about Mars Hill, a mega-church in Seattle that imploded about seven years ago. Whether or not you’re a Christian, it’s a friendly reminder that narcism never ends well.

5. Listening and Watching: I’ve been digging Reunions by Jason Isbell. Even if you don’t like country, he is sort of alternative country, folk, rock hybrid. One of the better song writers around. I also like David Ramirez, who made a hymns album. And if you like movies, The Movies that Made Us, is worth checking out.

Go and make great art with you life!

-RJP

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