I read somewhere once that Zen Buddhists believe in the concept of Right Livelihood, or more simply, Right Work. To me this concept has something in common with the idea of “do what you love, the money will follow”. As an artist, it is sometimes difficult to get out of my own way and just show up everyday and do the work without questioning why or how. When I get into this frame of mind, I do an exercise I call the daily dog that gives me something creative to do. A small job that might get my art motor running.
Here is today’s dog. I saw this dog on top of a horse in Nashville Tennessee. Here he is talking to my mom. He was part of a horse drawn carriage tour of the city and seemed very Zen in his job. If only I could be so sure of my own work each day!
This weekend I went to Nashville, Tennessee with my mom and sis for our annual girls getaway. I’ve been to Nashville before and have found it to be an eclectic, friendly, interesting place to be. This time, we stayed primarily downtown where most of the country music flavored culture is to be found. Here’s a list of some things I saw:
Cowboy Hats (zillions)
Boots (even more of these, and got a pair myself)
Boobs (come on girls, can’t we leave SOMETHING to the imagination?)
Homeless folks (this is a large problem in Nashville but there seem to be advocacy groups there doing research and talking to people about how best to help)
Guitars (everywhere! Lots of rising stars running from gig to gig with them on their backs)
Legendary likenesses (tons of Country Music lore and the images are everywhere)
Dogs (on horseback, on leashes, in stores, busking for change)
Music (talent was oozing from this place. I’m not a fan of country music but there was not one wrong note anywhere near this town!)
All in all I enjoyed Nashville in spite of my distaste for and ignorance of most things relating to country music (I do love the roots of it, however). We topped off our visit with what has to be the best breakfast and cup of coffee in town at Fido’s Coffehouse.