Archive for February, 2010

khalil gibran

February 23, 2010

“and forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

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k’naan

February 18, 2010

as a somali refugee who has found a new home in canada, he brings a fresh perspective to the hip hop world.

somalia is recognized as one of the most dangerous countries in the world but it is the same place that has historically been host to a rich oral tradition and a long list of legendary african poets. his music captures the urgency of the civil strife in his homeland, but at the same time reminds us that the tumultuous circumstance of the country should not completely overshadow the beautiful history that the somali people are so proud of.

anthony bourdain

February 15, 2010

he holds no qualms about criticizing many of the shortcomings of the world he exists in; hokey celebrity chefs, overpriced avant-garde dishes and the personal food politics that so many people can’t seem to speak about with their indoor voices. although he wears his opinions on his sleeve many fans appreciate his obstinate nature as it feels honest and accessible. bourdain has a bottomless spirit of adventure that craves the company of good friends, great food and cultures he has not yet seen.

henri nouwen

February 10, 2010

as an esteemed professor of the ivy league he found fulfillment in his academic accomplishments and decided to pursue challenges of the heart.  after traveling to france with close friend jean vanier, nouwen was introduced to l’arche community which serves people with developmental handicaps in over 130 cities around the world.  the impact of this trip was so powerful that he left his teaching position at harvard and spent the last ten years of his life physically serving a community called “daybreak” just outside of toronto.

in nouwen we see a gifted intellect who refused to lock himself inside the ivory tower because his love for life and his compassion met where the rubber meets the road.

david foster wallace

February 7, 2010

“it’s a very american illness, the idea of giving yourself away entirely to the idea of working in order to achieve some sort of brass ring that usually involves people feeling some way about you- i mean, people wonder why we walk around feeling alienated and lonely and stressed out.”

paul robeson

February 3, 2010

as a harbinger of the civil rights movement he deserves the spotlight in celebration of black history month but as a renaissance man of the modern era he also deserves to be featured for the many other accomplishments he had mastery over with style and grace. as a professional athlete, scholar, actor, writer, multi-lingual orator, lawyer and bass-baritone concert singer, robeson showed us that greatness finds those who believe in themselves and work to bring out the best they have inside of them.

with february being black history month, i encourage you to share in the comment section some icons of inspiration that come to your mind.