Let’s talk about something I miss. And yes. I’ve missed blogging too.
But the true missipration. Riding my bike, outside.
I think I’ve hit the mid Iowa winter funk and just miss picking up my bike and going for a spin all day on a Saturday. And my favorite, no doubt is a solitary ride. Just so much to slow down and see (even when your spinning 22/mph).
There are so many great things that come to any biker’s mind while out on a ride. Yet, the best times can be when there’s nothing on the radar. Just a slate gray road ahead. And every so often, the chance of crossing paths with a fellow biker ahead. Thinking how both minds now have something to focus on, a quaint and quick hello.
The shared passion of the slate gray.
A little Art never hurt nobody.
It was just last week that I went to an open mic show where the Des Moines talent got to present whatever feeling, emotion and more so talent on stage for 10 minutes.
The best part about this open mic nite, the audience. Never had I been around such a diverse setting of people with a shared mindset. Being open to the strangers around us and cheering and sometimes gulping down the 10-minute fame or shame acts on stage.
While I was only an observer for the night, I quickly found myself enjoying the quirky entertainment, comedians, musicians and shy teenagers performing for the first time with their ‘rents’ in the crowd. But it got me to remind myself that I and many others need an Art channel to break up the daily grind.
A little Art never hurt nobody because…
- It gives us a new perspective on something that might not be shown otherwise.
- It allows our minds and self to connect to our inner self and more likely sharing it with someone else. Sometimes this is by way of music, film, the raw beauty of a photo that only gets captured in our memory or the perfect cuisine meal ruled by the taste buds. Oh, and bonus when you share it with a stranger.
- It allows us to lose track of time and see the world on a different level.
- More likely than not, we tend to cross paths with people we wouldn’t normally encounter or take notice of someone that was always nearby.
And lastly, it gets us to discover the opportunities that were always there paired with our new-found ideas.
The channels that Art leads us to are infinite and wondrously present.
What have you discovered lately?
A little Art never hurt nobody…
Incase you kids may have missed it, I am now living on Court Ave, Downtown Des Moines. And being all new to town, I figured I’d conjure up some way to meet people and connect with the city.
I’ve always known that one of my strengths is being a great mediator to others and connecting people to share or discover new ideas/beliefs with another. And yes, I have a knack for setting up a lot of my friends for their dating life. Too bad my friends aren’t millionaires (Patty).
So my newest idea is a social gathering where I invite a group of people over for a potluck style dinner on Wednesday’s with the only intention is for good convo + good food with interesting people. Align different passions and tribes of people and see where conversation can land. To create perspectives and ideas that may not normally get combined. And if all this seems to philosophical, to just meet new faces in the city.
But it gets me back to a point that I’ve always been interested in. Connection. And just how “coincidental” it is to cross paths with people you most likely already have…subconsciously or not. And can’t forget to throw in the 6 degrees of separation factor. But before I go on rant on all of this…
The kid’s table…hopefully it won’t quickly turn to this?
First dinner party: Good ole fashion Sloppy Joe’s….following some classic biz advice: KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Maybe next week I’ll feel a bit more inspired.
So please let me know if your in the area (new to town or old) and are interested in some Wednesday Eve’s on Court!
Till then Des Moines, let’s dine.