February 8th, 2006
“this is where I live now”


Sitting in a caf

Feb 8 2006
4:31 pm
Angela writes:

Thank you for sharing that. Much food for thought.

Feb 8 2006
4:52 pm
Beverly writes:

I’ve been “lurking around” for a while now and absolutely adore your work and words.
This post really said a lot to me. I’m currently struggling with how to even attempt becoming successful at what I know my true passion is (in fact I just wrote a post about this very thing on my blog this morning). But I guess when it comes down to it, I don’t have to make a living at my passion – if I simply make art during my free time I’m being successful in a sense.
What is it about a child’s stare or gaze that can connect so deeply with us sometimes? I have experienced that so often in my life and it sometimes “haunts” me (not in a bad way) for days afterwards.

Feb 8 2006
5:08 pm
bohemiangirl writes:

your sharings of what success truly is hit home deeply with me. thank you…i’ll marinate in your (and Pam’s) words.
i lived in berkeley and resonate with the essence of oakland you speak of.
continue to enjoy each morsel.

Feb 8 2006
5:16 pm
eliane writes:

I find “succes” far too vague a word. I find “recognition” better. You can get your own, your peer’s, your family’s, your client’s recognition… There’s a lot of it.

Feb 8 2006
5:16 pm
Leonie writes:

I was in my studio last night… when I felt creative spirit asking me to stop. Just be still.
And part of me struggled ~ saying, but if I’m not creating, then I am not creative.
But again spirit asked me to stop creating, go to my couch, curl up and read.
So I let control go. I let go of what I thought creating looked like. I went to my red couch, curled up beneath the light and continued reading your book. It is DELIGHTFUL keri. Truly.
Art is our life created. A life created is our highest art. And sometimes creations don’t look like “creations” ~ they are these magic moments, filled with consciousness and colour and aliveness.
Blessings to you,
Leonie

Feb 8 2006
6:00 pm
keri Smith writes:

today I feel like saying “fuck creations”
how does that grab you?

Feb 8 2006
6:00 pm
keri Smith writes:

today I feel like saying “fuck creations”
how does that grab you?

Feb 8 2006
6:00 pm
keri Smith writes:

today I feel like saying “fuck creations”
how does that grab you?

Feb 8 2006
6:00 pm
keri Smith writes:

today I feel like saying “fuck creations”
how does that grab you?

Feb 8 2006
7:36 pm
Elise writes:

Hey Keri,
When you get a chance, you’ve got some major spam going on on this page:
http://www.kerismith.com/blog/archives/000334.html
Ugly stuff.

Feb 8 2006
8:57 pm
joanne S writes:

One day this summer–I stood in the yard with the gren grass under my feet, sun shining on my face, wind gently touching me and going by–there was a sweetness to the very air. I stood with my face to the sky and arms out–saying to myself “remember this”. If I close my eyes right now and concentrate, I can be there again. What’s fame?

Feb 8 2006
9:33 pm
Tickled Pink writes:

Lovely, simply lovely.
-Nicole

Feb 8 2006
9:41 pm
Espana writes:

Thank-You thank-you! That was exactly what I needed to hear today. Yay for diving in and making messes and living and learning and loving all of it…even the “mistakes”.

Feb 8 2006
11:44 pm
valgalart writes:

WoW, Excellent post! Personally timely for me as well. Very, heartfelt and warm!

Feb 9 2006
12:58 am
Marloes writes:

This is my art
This is art
This is
This

Feb 9 2006
2:15 am
Painter Woman writes:

Saw your blog title via an IF participant… It was very instructive to get honest and describe to myself what success was… I realized that success wasn’t the same as “being good at what I do” exactly, nor was it only about cash-in-bank. A clear eyed view of what it did and didn’t mean certainly makes it easier to aim for.

Feb 9 2006
6:25 am
aphazia writes:

you are amazing.
thanks for all the awesome ideas:D

Feb 9 2006
11:51 am
m writes:

‘I Like you a lot’ what great graffiti
have you seen the you are beautiful website link from http://www.harrumph.com

Feb 9 2006
1:14 pm
christine Adolph writes:

There are things happening in my art and life that are showing me that I imprison myself when I try to live without the FREEDOM to experience the moments. My perspective of success is changing day by day lately. I am looking at this as a blessing. Thanks for the inpiration!
Christine

Feb 9 2006
1:39 pm
Bell writes:

welcome to oakland! we’re glad to have you.

Feb 9 2006
4:31 pm
Helene writes:

It is funny how when one most needs to “hear” the words, they appear. Thank you, Keri.

Feb 9 2006
11:16 pm
soren writes:

hey Keri – just wanted to share this quote I’ve always likes about success:
“The definition of success–To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–this is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feb 10 2006
8:29 pm
Deborah writes:

Seeing Spalding Gray with a guy I had a huge crush on in college was one of my perfect moments. Too bad his perfect moments ran out. I miss him.
I also adore Pam Houston, can you tell me where I might find the article?

Feb 12 2006
7:47 am
Somebody's Mom writes:

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. –Thoreau

Feb 12 2006
6:01 pm
alice writes:

Glad you liked Oakland. It rocks! We love it here. Your blog and website are an inspiration. I forward it to tons of people. Keep on truckin.

Feb 13 2006
6:56 pm
Richard writes:

I hate the entire subject of success – our obsession with it – the coercion of comparison.
Why can’t we just be happy with being?

Feb 20 2006
12:09 pm
Tautchia writes:

WOW! Absoluetly what I needed. So often, we measure success in all the wrong ways. I have been so inspired by this blog, it is beyond words. I visit here often, but have never posted before. This post, however warranted an occasion to thank you for being real. For being you.


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