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For the record I do not like the word Blog

Updated: Sep 15



...However, I don’t have a better name for it, so I can’t get too huffy. I have rules for times like this, well, they’re actually more like guidelines for the unruly so...



ok...annnnnnnnnd....3 2 1...Blog.



Planning the future is not a natural tendency I have, but obviously, if I want to be a person in society, this is something I should work on… so I am. I have to admit, this is a pretty ballsy way to start a Blog, especially one that is supposed to help me reach out professionally. Welp, I’m gonna be real here, I’m not a perfect person, (whaaat?! no….) I have things I gotta work on. I drive with my heart, and when you drive with your heart “feeling your way” to an end game or a solution is kinda standard.

The FUTURE is a scary word for some, for others its exciting and adventurous, and for most people it is both. Today the future is… uhm…. extremely uncertain, and It has been for all of 2020. We do however, might want to keep in mind that the future, by it’s very nature, has, and always will be… uncertain. I am absolutely ok with this. If I have learned anything (and I’m practically 40, so maybe I know a thing…) it’s that ANYTHING is possible. Sweet Baby Jeebs I know this. For better or for worse I know this. And Uncertainty makes it difficult to plan…

So what do we do?


Yes? you there… in the back…doodling on your calendar to keep from losing your mind while we try to drag you to agenda town… have you an answer?

Doodle Person: Well, I guess we create some intentions and then stick to our guns, play by the rules, (and then break them a little) and strive to be good on our word. And in the meantime, find replacement words for the ones that scare you… words such as GOALS or RULES or BLOG or SELF PROMOTION.

mmmmm-K, alright Doodle person… you get a star and a tiny trophy.

Doodle Person: yaaaaaay


Now for the next question… Why do I think you’ll give a $*&# about what I have to say about the future? And what does it have to do with Graphic Design? And is it safe to throw myself out there like this? Is it unprofessional to swear even if it’s with ampersands and hashtags and such?

Whulllll the answers to those questions are all in the Uncertain Future now aren’t they? Personally, I’d like to live fearlessly, because:



I’m going to point out and emphasize the part where I wrote “I’d LIKE to”. I am no superhuman living in a constant blissful state of fearlessness… but I’d LIKE to be. Furthermore, I’m gonna do it anyway, why not, at this point I really (quite literally actually) have nothing to lose. On the other hand, I’d really like this to work, and by “this” I mean:


now those are some lofty goal like intentions there...

Ok If you’re still here… I’m going to leave you with an excerpt from a Ram Dass talk

(I took a couple liberties for clarity, dude tended to ramble when he did his talks, but I speak fluid ramble so don’t worry)


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“What I’m sitting at, is the edge of the mystery, and the interesting question that you and I can look at is…


How do you deal with mystery? How do you deal with the unknown? How do you deal with it?

Well the answer is I don’t know… I don’t know doesn’t have to be…

“oh my God I don’t know!”


In other words… Can you live now rooted enough in other planes of awareness, so that you can sit with the uncertainty of not knowing how all this comes out, and not be immobilized by that uncertainty?

Can you sit with it in such a way, that you are doing what you are “supposed to be doing” without an attachment to how it comes out?

Whether it’s gonna end or begin, the best thing I can still do is quiet my mind so that I can hear.

‘Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing’ the Tao says.

I can open my heart so I can be part of the liquidity of the universe. Like the tree is, or like the river is. I can take my place in it, without the mediation of my self conscious mind…


I can balance discriminative wisdom (that part that uses the judging mind) with appreciation, with gratitude for the awesome nature of the mystery.”


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thanks Ram Dass.


I feel like I should throw a picture in here because I think they say that Blogs should have lots of pictures... plus it makes sense because this is what I do. I play with images and such. I Looked around for “Future type pictures” and I stumbled upon this....



Maybe this is a stretch... but I’m feeling like this illustrates what happens in my brain when I try to plan future things... I have a very active brain that tends to scramble things around. The order of how things go IS important to me, and yet... the girl gets the milk... then drinks it... then pours it out you see. I blow up the balloon, it inflates, and then I future trip about it popping... It makes sense to me...

“Make some lists” everyone tells me. OK , OK I’ll make lists.

If there is anything I really want you to know, it’s this...

I’ll be here for you should you need me, and I’ll do a damn good job of whatever it is...

Even If I am a time challenged future tripper.


Love, Danielle


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