September 2011

Manoel de Oliveira - À 102 ans, il a commencé à tourner son prochain film

LISBONNE – Le Portugais Manoel de Oliveira, doyen des cinéastes encore en activité, a commencé à l’âge de 102 ans à tourner son prochain film dans un studio parisien, a-t-on appris vendredi auprès de sa société de production portugaise.

Le tournage de Gebo et l’ombre, une adaptation de la pièce de théâtre éponyme de l’écrivain portugais Raul Brandao, a débuté jeudi et doit se conclure fin octobre, a indiqué à l’AFP la société de production O som e a furia.

Au casting de cette comédie dramatique, co-produite avec la société française MACT Productions, figurent notamment le comédien franco-britannique Michael Lonsdale, l’Italienne Claudia Cardinale et la Française Jeanne Moreau.

Contrairement à ce qui avait été annoncé dans un premier temps, l’acteur français Michel Piccoli ne participera pas à ce projet.

Depuis son premier film, Douro, travail fluvial, réalisé en 1931, Manoel de Oliveira a tourné une cinquantaine de longs métrages de fiction et documentaires. Son dernier film sorti dans les salles de cinéma, L’étrange cas d’Angélique, avait été présenté l’année dernière au Festival de Cannes.


Source. September 23, 2011

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Khalil Gibran


Giving some of our money is difficult, but we can always earn more.

Giving of ourselves is a bigger challenge because it is giving of our personal time.

Giving of our personal time is giving of our lives.

One minute at the time. One hour at the time. One day at the time.

These minutes, these hours and these days will be gone forever.

The image of an hourglass, for me,  is a constant reminder of the brevity of our personal time.

The ticking sound of an old fashion clock.

If you have a lot of money, and you give some away, it is not a big sacrifice.

If you have a lot of time, and you give some away, it is not a big sacrifice.

It is when your money and- or your personal time are limited that it becomes a true gift.


Because you are giving a resource that is valuable for you.

I have met some people who are very generous with their money even when they had little.

I have seen people with very busy schedule giving a lot of their personal time.

In these two examples, we are watching a true giver in action.

Another example…

I have witnessed many times that if you want to get things done quickly, you ask it to someone who is already very busy.

They usually deliver what you need faster than anyone else.

In this last example, they are not only generous, but they are very efficient.

Some of you may think, how can you give of what you don’t have enough?

In this case, I would say the the gift is even more precious and valuable.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”

Pablo Picasso


Child with a dove

If you dream of becoming an artist; a painter, a writer, a musician, an actor or an actress; what prevents you from using your free time to get started?

All of us have some free time. I know  most of us will tell others how very busy we are. The truth is that we are very good at making excuses.

I’m too tired…I don’t have enough money… I’m too old… I’m too young…My spouse won’t let me… It’s too expensive to take lessons… fill in the blank here ________________

How can some of us spend so much time watching TV, complain about our problems or gossip about others?

Why is it that some people seem to find the time to do things that they really care about for themselves or for others?

Each one of us have spare time to pursue our dream.

All we have to do is…to actually start.

Isn’t it ironic that someone who apparently didn’t want  to become popular had in time evolved into a cultural icon?

Is it possible that when we say NO to fame and public recognition that it is exactly what we will attract?

PJ 20 is a rockumentary that explains the evolution of the american rock band Pearl Jam.

It presents the evolution of a band of young people from obscurity to fame and than to maturity.

It shows the effect of time on the behavior of rock stars who tried to do it their way. With a minimum of compromise.

The end result?

A cult following!

Just like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Ramones and The Grateful Dead before them.

I once read somewhere that the genius of  Shakespeare wasn’t fully recognized before 200 years after he died.

So if ever you find yourself working in obscurity, try to remember

that the long term effect of your work may be recognized over time.

Yes, but what if it doesn’t get recognized?

The most important question, I believe is the following:

Are you having fun as you are working on your art?

If the answer is YES, then you are not wasting your time…

Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it.

 Sai Baba


“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness”

Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson was describing the “Flow” before it was clearly defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from flow. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.

Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be on the ball, in the zone, in the groove, or keeping your head in the game.

(source: Wikipedia, english, May 18, 2010)

How often are you experiencing the Flow?

When you are in the flow: what do you see yourself doing?

When I cannot control events, I let events control themselves.

What else could I do?

Get angry?

Become frustrated?

Be impatient?

Blame others?

Shouldn’t we focus on what we can control instead?

Wouldn’t it be a better use of our precious time and energy?

If you know you will laugh at what’s happening to you in a year, two years or 5 years,

Why not try to laugh about it now?

Let the Universe manage itself. It always had. It always will.

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