NOTHING! NIENTE! NADA! By Patti Howell
Who remembers ‘The Pitch’? Here’s a hint - an episode from an old TV comedy…
The ‘pitch’ was to NBC… for a show proposal … a show that was about… NOTHING!
As Jerry Seinfeld put it…. Everyone’s doing a show about SOMETHING, so we’ll do a show about NOTHING!.
As you may know, this show was known for having no plot - BUT it was very successful. They created humor out of every little thing… little things that are just part of ordinary life.
But they were able to apply their talent as comedians because they were ‘living in the present moment’… their minds were open to any little situation that presented itself.. and then turned it into a joke!
And as they proclaimed to NBC – their seemingly ludicrous proposal was actually based on a philosophy! The philosophy of nothing!!
This philosophy ‘of nothing’ was also used by Bruce Lee - a famous martial arts expert who was also well versed in psychology and philosophy. After his early unexpected death due to a brain aneurysm, his writings and philosophies took root…
SamuraiFT has opened my mind to these ideas and philosophies.
Here’s one of my favorites..
Empty your mind. You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend. ~Bruce Lee
Yesterday I had one of those mornings that made me think I shouldn’t have even gotten out of bed. Maybe in past years I wouldn’t have gone to my exercise class. But no more! Nope. Now I know better…
Instead of worrying and trying to figure things out, now I tell myself…
EMPTY YOUR MIND!
BE LIKE WATER!
And I simply force myself to empty my mind. No thoughts or worries are allowed in! NADA!
I put my full focus on the music… and feel the beat… and the rhythm…. and WOW!! Suddenly I’m enjoying myself! I’m flowing and moving to the beat! And feeling happy!
And afterwards, I feel like a new person! I walk out feeling completely RENEWED and REFRESHED and READY to tackle whatever comes my way!