Artifacts from the journey

Driving into LA on Lincoln.  Straight from a deep massage in Nashville to a teeth cleaning in Brentwood.  Listening to KCRW - the Design & Architecture show interview with Kate & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.  Their best story is Anna Wintour coming to visit them in  LA.   Anna is wearing the Prada coat of the season, and the Mulleavy’s are nervous and fumbling having an audience with Anna so early in their career.    Then Anna gives them the best advice, “I can tell that your work is really personal.  You should keep it that way.”

It made me think of something I heard driving from the Duggar’s big family in Northwest Arkansas to my slightly more compact sized family visiting in Nashville.  I was listening to Krista Tippet’s,  “Being” podcast with Jon Kabat-Zinn.   He said this:  “We live in a kind of somnambulist expectation that everything will go on the way it is, and that is certifiably absurd.  Stress really has to do with wanting things to stay the same when they are inevitably going to change. The law of impermanence basically rules the universe and so things are never constant; they're continually changing.  If you want to hold them a particular way, you can do it for short periods of time at tremendous cost, but ultimately things change.  If you don't recognize that, then you're going to create a lot of suffering for yourself and other people.”

We got Stephie’s Mom a bracelet for Valentine’s Day that read in the very smallest font, “the journey is the reward.”

The photographs are the artifacts from the journey.