Here's another great example of the fun of social media...A short time ago I posted a quote by Aristotle that really hit home. My actual tweet was:
Nothing trumps quality..."Quality is not an act, it is a habit."
Yesterday morning, Skip Prichard retweeted it. Over the next few minutes there were a dozen or so RT's of his tweet. One of them was from David Seth Cohen - no relation and not somebody I knew. David did an RT of my tweet. Stay with me here, it all makes sense in a minute.
Just out of curiosity I clicked on David's link from Twitter. As I watched the video below I was hooked on the relevance between David's theme for his movie, "Finding Sandler" and some of the events in my own life. I sent David a direct message and an hour later we caught up to each other on the phone and *poof* a new friendship was launched.
David is definitely a knucklehead (one my favorite expressions and a compliment) you'll have fun following on Twitter @davidsethcohen1 and Twitter for the movie @findingsandler.
Years ago I remember Tony Corbell and I were on snowmobiles in Yellowstone. We had a group who went in every year for three days during the winter. We were on our way back, after a long cold day in the park, and passed our friend, Terry Deglau and his son, Jim.
Tony said to Terry, who was headed the other way, "Take a look up the road about a quarter of a mile. In Hayden Meadows there might be a great shot!" Tony and I had both seen the potential, but just didn't bother to take the time. Not that we would have had Terry's success, but he took the time and photographed the scene, which later became one his most iconic images. It won a number of top awards at PPA the following year and is still one of my most favorite images from all of our Yellowstone trips.
How many moments do we all have in our lives that we let slip by?
As you watch the video, besides thoroughly enjoying the story line, this isn't really about Finding Sandler - it's about an artist being relentless in chasing his dream. The question asked in the very beginning of the trailer for David's movie is haunting me as I think back to moments of indecision I wish I could go back and change.
"Everybody has moments in their lives when they wish they could hit the rewind button!"
At the same time my personality isn't the kind that looks back and certainly not with regret. And, in those moments when I do get caught up in a wrong decision and I'm mumbling, "You know what I should have done?" Sheila's comment is always the same, "Don't should on yourself!" Yet, as much as those are great words to live by, you can't help but wonder now and then, as David says, "What if?"
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.