"Most people will forgive a great deal about the
shortcomings they see in any particular painting you accomplish
- providing what lies at its core makes a profound shift in
the ongoing life of that community.
I'm most interested in collaboratively and creatively
making a sustained profound difference in music, writing and painting
with my community.
Otherwise your community has to re-create the listening
for those ideas at some later date - often centuries later - and sometimes
it becomes lost forever. So your work must never die when you do."
- Duncan Chatwin
The purpose of my life, what I am here to give is to be wonderful.
I will sing, read, write and paint as if my life depends on it – because it does!
I will play.
I stand for making music with all the colours left in.
I stand for creating a new word which would tear me open,
making us all capable of anything.
I stand for painting out of a spirit of wonder, of miracles in the making,
and for the re-enchantment of our world.
I stand for having my life be used by questions such as:
1) what if we begin today
to develop an unassailable and majestic sense of our own value?
2) how much love can you stand in your life?
3) what if a painting could show you what your soul looks like?
One of the tasks I have set myself is to bring love to your life
such that you say you’ll never ever get over it.
I stand for being the conversation you say
most profoundly shifted the quality of your day.
My epitaph reads:
You are loved.
Who I am is my stand for loving you. For you simply being the best there is! You’re unique.
There’s no one like you and yet – we all are! I stand for celebrating who you are.
I stand for your power and your grace. You’re exciting!
I stand for supporting people in their realisation of their dreams
on their terms in their world.
I stand for you being free. No one has the right to stub their heel on the
very throat of your song.
I stand for generating opportunities in your listening such that you step into
conceiving pertinent questions for you whose inspirational possibilities will
demand your life. Don’t give up!
I stand for investing you with inspirational unrest. You will take principle –
centred actions within the unfolding excitement of the miracle of your being alive.
I stand for sharing our relatedness and excitement and wonder with each
other. The flash of our human spirit. I stand for my family – and you are all a part
of that family!
I stand for lightening up a little. There’s enough anxious people out there
without you getting varicose veins in your foreheads as well!
I stand for risk – for everything being up for grabs. I’m committed to
disappearing beyond the edge of where the now in me currently lives! I stand for
raising at lease US$1 million each for our Mary Potter Hospice here in Wellington, New Zealand,
and for Amnesty International by selling two of my paintings & donating all the proceeds to them.
I stand for play, fun & kicks out of life itself. I stand for music with all the
colours left in.
I stand for writing fit to wring tears from the stars. I stand for inventing new
words which will serve your great great grandchildrens’ grandchildren. I stand
for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
I stand for painting out of a spirit of wonder, of miracles in the making, and
for the re-enchantment of our world.
I stand for playing huge – for living my life out loud with generosity – in
large letters, deeply cut & strongly gilded. Playing small doesn’t serve the world.
I stand for Infinity. In a moment of Infinity I see
an unending unfolding of undiscovered country…
If the spark within your human spirit doesn’t go off – then nothing else will!
I stand for Humility. In a moment of Humility I’m tiny, small & real. I
stand for titanic imaginings! I summon my Will – open up & simply Make It
I stand for setting an example of outrageously inspirational, Visionary
Leadership that sets your heart & soul on fire!
Above all – dig deep – Find your Joy!
Let’s Dance & Sing!
I appreciate & acknowledge your support. Together – nothing can stop us! – Let’s Do It!