Trailer with lettering: BAH DAH

Tag: courage

09/09/09 WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME / VCCA, Amherst, VA

Trailer with lettering: WHAT GOD HAS FOR ME

08/25/09 SURE I CAN DO THAT / Roanoke, VA

Trailer with lettering: SURE I CAN DO THAT

Mantra Trailer appearance hosted by the Art Musuem of Western Virginia.

08/06/09 GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY / Decatur, GA

Trailer with lettering: GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY

The Serenity Prayer was authored by theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr.

07/03/09 HOT SWEET & STRONG MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT / Galesburg, IL

Trailer with lettering: HOT SWEET & STRONG MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT

09/16/08 I DON’T WANT TO DIE / Knox College, Galesburg IL

Trailer with lettering: I DON’T WANT TO DIE

04/24/08 I HAVE TO PULL AWAY / Atlanta, GA

04/22/08 BE THE CHUBBY PENQUIN / A.N. Pritzker School, Chicago, IL

03/29/08 Graciously Accepting Rejection / Davidson College, Davidson, NC

I was at Davidson College the day after their Friday night NCAA win. It was cold and rainy and a large percentage of the student body was in Detroit but I still managed to get 19 people into the trailer. Their mantras were awesome.

I felt a new sense of integration while interacting with people who were less interested in participating. Graciously accepting rejection eased the experience of discomfort for me and the rejecting audience. Letting go of a personal sense of rejection freed me to encounter the next exchange with fewer defenses.

03/25/08 TRY AGAIN FAIL AGAIN FAIL BETTER / Durham, NC

Trailer with lettering: TRY AGAIN FAIL AGAIN FAIL BETTER

01/05/08 Long Point Park / Vero Beach, FL

Erika is staying a few extra days with a friend in Vero Beach, FL and will be flying back to Chapel Hill later in the week. I’m taking the two-night stay at Long Point Park in Melbourne Beach, FL to pull away into solitude and enjoy time alone in the trailer.

After our fun evening at The Top the night before, I checked email and found a big fat rejection email waiting for me from the Creative Capital Foundation. The next day we took the Mantra Trailer to Daytona Beach. It was rejection on top of rejection and disappointment. Maybe it was my state of mind, maybe it was the tourist mentality? I couldn’t get a single person to listen to me for 10 seconds let alone enter the trailer. I felt down and out on the project. My mantra for the day was I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I’m taking this time alone at Long Point Park to re-center and find my track.

Thanks Erika for being such a patient, non-judgemental mirror and traveling partner.

01/01/08 Spaghetti Junction / Atlanta, GA

The Mantra Trailer visits Atlanta but not before getting lost on Spaghetti Junction. The I-85 & I-285 interchange must be an architectural wonder and it’s almost as fun as riding a roller coaster. The mantras used in the video were both recorded in Atlanta. Erika and I set the trailer up in front of the Java Monkey in Decatur on New Year’s Eve day and at a private party in Virginia Highlands on New Year’s Eve. Response to the Mantra Trailer was friendly, curious and diverse. This entry is dedicated to our most marvelous Atlanta host. Thanks Audrey!

12/07/07 I’M WALKING IN MY SPIRIT / Wings Community Arts Ctr, Durham, NC

Trailer with lettering: I’M WALKING IN MY SPIRIT

11/23/07 EVERYTHING THAT I WANT AND NEED IS ON IT’S WAY NOW / Downtown Durham, NC

11/19/07 TODAY WE CAN CONCQUER THE WORLD! / 9th St, Durham, NC

11/15/07 I AM IN A CIRCLE OF WHITE LIGHT / 9th St, Durham, NC

Trailer with lettering: I AM IN A CIRCLE OF WHITE LIGHT

10/31/07 WHO’S BETTER THAN YOU? / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/17/07 I RELEASE ALL FEARS AND DOUBTS / Blue Mountain Center, NY

10/14/07 YOUR NARROW MIND CAN NOT COMPREHEND MY BRILLIANCE / UCCH, Chapel Hill, NC

09/30/07 DONE IS BETTER THAN GOOD / Blue Mountain Center, NY

09/27/07 NINA NINA NINA / The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH