Thursday, January 31, 2008
Well, that good night did not last very long. Could not stay away from you guys.
Would you believe that I took this photo of the Hollywood sign standing on a street corner in Downtown Los Angeles. I was standing next to the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion when I snapped this picture. Amazing. My father's ashes are near the Hollywood sign.
I hear the candidates from the Democratic Party will be debating tonight in Hollywood.
To share you how much and how fast things can change these days, now that I have removed so many burdens. Check this out. I posted 239 articles in the since October on blogger.
It was only yesterday, that I explored the google photo section. I did not know it but they kept a copy of every photo I posted on my blog. I have 238 photos in the google photo section. I never would have known it had it not been for the unquenchable thirst to explore and continue to enjoy what is starting to be fun again. LIFE. I learned alot by taking those 238 photos.
I took over 100 photos on Saturday. I could tell I was growing somewhere in the last 25 photos. I approached each photo differently. I am going through doors at a rapid clip. I enjoy it.
I enjoy this creative process and I see where as I learn how to create things and learn how to express things, I am developing, once again, a life that will have unlimited potential.
That is what this process is about. I prayed that I could last long enough to be able to write and genuinely tell people what it feels like to be at this point.
I prayed that I could hang in there and get to this point so that those who live on the nickel whether in Skid Row, or the nickel in their soul can see that it can be done. Be grateful of those that you meet along the way who have helped you. Help comes from people you do not like. They help you to understand that there is nothing not to like. They help you to understand the forces that made them who they are. By doing so, you understand more, in intricate detail, the forces that make you who you are. A person is a beautiful mozaic and each person that comes in your life adds to the zillion tiles that make up your self portrait. Appreciate them.
Learn from them. I have, in the last year, learned so much from the people of Skid Row.
They are teaching me how to create. It is hard to say how but they are. They taught me how to love every second instead of suffering every second. They gave me and are giving me a graduate course on the art and beauty of "focusing".
"Stay focused, Walt." "Just stay focused and everything will be ok". Street person, corporate person, social worker, police officer. Whatever walk of life from which they come, they say stay focused and keep pushing forward.
A man from France wrote me. He is a tremendous individual. "Keep moving forward."
Those were his words. He has no idea how much those words meant to me and from saying them to me how much they helped me to plow ahead.
Tonight on Skid Row, I see lots of beauty. I have traveled a long way to see it. I need to travel farther. I have one week to go before the year is up. I will be in court on the day the year is up. I want to do in 7 days what normally takes 2 years to accomplish. It can be done. Just stay focused, walter. It will come. l I know it will come. I feel it. I feel it deeply.