The Luxury of Dreaming

Yesterday, after an insightful phone conversation with my aunt, I was lost in thought about the luxury of dreaming. We were discussing the hardships of the people who came before us in our family, paving the way for our experience in this lifetime. I posed the question to her-Why is it that we come from a line of people who placed importance on order, working hard, and living modestly? And yet, there exists a drive within myself to reach beyond that way of life, exploring the things I am passionate about and daring to dream. My aunt said something very profound to me that I had not pieced together before now. Imagining the hardships of my family’s past, dreaming wasn’t available to them. Striving to survive doesn’t leave room for the luxury of pursuing your dreams. Thinking on my family’s narrative, I am reminded of where I have come from, and where I desire to go.

In my lifetime, I have the luxury of pursuing my dreams, and for that I am grateful. Recently, I shared a piece of poetic narrative with fellow blogger ‘Seeing the Whisper.’ I was so honored to see my own words reflected back to me through that experience, and I wanted to share that piece here. I wrote the words listed below just before leaving my hometown and moving to a place I had never been. I continue to pioneer into the wild unknown, blessed with the luxury of dreaming.

Dear Life

“Dear Reader, do you remember your passion? I’m not writing of desire, although it has its’ place. I’m writing of your passion. At the very core of you, the call you can’t resist, but daily hide under a veil of responsibility. Your passion-what you dream of in spare moments…the ‘if only.’ You only have one shot at this lifetime. One chance, now, to do the thing you are meant to do. Will you let it slip by? Inside of me a fire burns to create. Any way I can find to create from nothing, and bring into being something. For so long, I denied this creating its’ place in my life. I decided during one of the hardest times of my life, as tears leaked down my face-I will sink my teeth into my dream, and I will not let go. I will hold on. I will follow my heart, my dream against every obstacle, against every opinion. I just want the chance to lay my handprint on our timeline. Write my initials in history like wet concrete.” -Gordon Hays, 2009

Image: “Dear Life” by Gordon Hays, 2010

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Word Art

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WordPress inspires Word Art. This is how I describe myself in words and color. How would you describe yourself? Imagine and create!

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The Good Life with Gordon

The Good Life with Gordon is an internet radio show that features a delightful and insightful mix of music and guest interviews. Through my work as an artist, writer, and Wayshower I enjoy this platform to expand on subjects that are important to myself and other wisdom-seeking,  creative-minded individuals! Here is a sample interview, featuring my special guest Suzanna, as we explore the topic of feminism in pop culture. Humor and insight included. Enjoy!

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How to be a Creative Pioneer.

Why do I rage? Yesterday, there was nothing safe from my scathing eye. In the words of Adele, I could have set fire to the rain. I smoldered with an inward inferno. In the days’ wake, I left behind the ashes of customers who challenged me, classmates who crossed my path, and assignments nearly due. Probably best that when the days’ must do’s were done, I withdrew from the world.

I’ve heard it’s a guy thing, but withdrawing provides perspective. Being far removed, I can take a deep breath and begin to investigate.

So, why do I rage? It’s the aftermath of unexpected vulnerability. Yesterday, an impromptu presentation in my Fine Arts class left me feeling embarrassed and personally exposed. The I should have said this, and should have done that’s began to pile up in my mind. Frustrated, I realized, because I had no armor. This is vulnerability. To put yourself out there, even in circumstances outside of your control and surrender to the outcome.

As creatives, how do we embrace vulnerability when it seems the world is full of critics, ready and willing to tear us down? I’ve been listening to interviews with Brene’ Brown, author of Daring Greatly who relates powerful insights about the importance of vulnerability in our society. It is important despite any potential criticism to share our creative voice with the world. Today, after sitting with my reflections I am choosing to look at my experience as a valuable one. I made a note during class about why it is important to go through uncomfortable experiences like the one I had yesterday. The willingness to go through a vulnerable moment means that you become a leader, not a follower. You forge into the unknown, like a creative pioneer. And although not always easy, I realize now that it is a part of the process.

Gordon Hays

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About the Artist

More than an Artist, I hope to be a Wayshower. I am joyful, creative, intuitive and passionate about the beautiful mystery we all experience. My work reflects each of these attributes, and when the opportunity presents itself, I am able to offer support to others without diminishing myself. I don’t have to “be” anything, but present to the moment, and authentically me. As a Wayshower, I guide people to themselves, and what they already know.
People don’t always understand our choices, and in misunderstanding, we don’t receive validation from others that what we are doing is good, or that we are good. But, as I have learned to do, I believe in myself more, and offer myself that validation, looking for it less outside of myself.
Being intuitive is a lesson in patience, because we often find ourselves waiting for people to catch up to what we already know.
Gordon Hays 2013

Spring Breaking into Mini-Masterpieces

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Spring Break was just the right time to complete a creative project for my art gallery rep. He created a massive Lego town that depicts scenes from his life, including an art gallery. As one of the artists he represents, I was invited to create a mini-masterpiece to hang in the art gallery. This was a big challenge to work small! (2″x2″). After a couple failed attempts, I found myself immersing in the creative challenge, and offered these up for an online vote. It was a great way to engage my audience, while simultaneously truly delighting in the creative process!

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