Thank you Barcamp Vancouver!! I’m reeling from Barcamp Vancouver yesterday and my puny little mind is trying to absorb all of the inspiration, experiences and information it was plunged into.

For those looking for the notes from my session, they’ll be coming soon. Meanwhile the following is a direct result of my experience at Barcamp yesterday.

I’m Grappling with the Idea of “The Real World”

One of the biggest things that I was reflecting on yesterday as part of Barcamp is the concept of “The Real World”. I grappled with it all day yesterday and held a session trying to gather some more insight from the brilliant minds there.

What do I mean by “The Real World”? The concept basically encompasses real people, real bodies, real consequences as opposed to digital people (personas), digital consequences and the whole world of imagination. Why do I care about this? I lived much of my life where my imagination was more real to me than the real world, and there was a lot of pain and misery associated with that for me.

Inspiration Cometh on the Strings of U2

Well today is family day for me and I was going about my business, playing with my kids, making brunch and all that great family stuff when I noticed that my life had a soundtrack. Sweet! It was U2s’ “Beautiful Day”. I started singing along with it, then I started reflecting on the meaning of the song…

You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

A meaning for the lyrics came upon me like a slow motion locomotive. I won’t say the meaning, but in my mind I was seeing it laden with profound meaning. The meaning was all about what I was grappling with yesterday!! It’s about the real world and the world of imagination!

The Meaning of the Lyrics (as I saw it)

(after the jump) You can read my take on the lyrics. I could go on and on, but I’ve tried to keep it brief and to the point. Please check it out and add your comments, I really want to hear them.

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
The heart is the seat of our desires (motivation, cares, worries) And it’s power is illustrated
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town
There’s no room in your heart for extra cares and worries. Nothing that takes up space in your heart is meaningless or transient. Everything in there has ownership. For you Christians:”There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, [...]”
You’re out of luck
And the reason: that you had to care
You have a heart, the heart is a powerful mover and it must have an object of desire. You can’t not care about anything, you will care about something, and if it’s not deep and satisfying (real?) then you will end up with many, many cares
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere
Gridlock!! Too many little cares..
You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you can lend a hand
In return for grace
(Several possible meanings for me, none strikes me as best to share) the key here perhaps is just a real person
It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Biggest thing here for me is that second line. “you feel like the sky is falling” In the real world, it’s a beautiful day, but trapped in your imagination and the cares of your heart, you feel like the sky is falling. (depression anyone?)
You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination
You’re stuck. Trapped in the world of your imagination
You love this town (the imaginary world)
Even if that doesn’t ring true (s.e.)
You’ve been all over Travelled all over your imaginary world
And it’s been all over you It has led you where you haven’t wanted to go or planned to go, scary places, wrong places. You are not always the master of it, it is often the master of you…
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day
(s.e.)
Touch me
Take me to that other place
Holy crap-oly folks! To the attendees of my session: does this amaze and creep you out as much as it does me!? **
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case
To me this is a powerful cry for help laden with many layers of meaning
See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
This is part of the antidote. Take the time and see the need of the world around you! The world needs you! Don’t be fooled by the veneer that everything is OK. Everything is not ok. There is urgent need for good people to act.
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out
Clearly a reference to Noah’s ark. In the Bible, the rainbow symbolizes God’s commitment to never destroy the world again because of the depravity of the people in it. There are a couple possible meanings here. There is hope and we shouldn’t count on an act of God to take care of the problems
It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day
I’m guessing he’s talking now about the day when the rainbow came out – don’t let the meaning of that day get away…
Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case
(s.e.)
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day
Desiring things that you don’t have is a trap. You waste your life and the powers locked up inside your heart. Love and be satisfied with what you have (possessions, but also gifts and talents, relationships, appearance) As long as your heart is locked on what you don’t have, you will miss the beauty of the real world around you.

For those that may be wondering about my “holy crap-oly” remark, at my session, I had everyone turn and shake each others hands to demonstrate the power of human physical touch…

Please comment, I’d love to know others thoughts and if it draws out anything in you.

1 Response to “It's a Beautiful Day in the Real World”

  1. Kemp Edmonds Says:
    As I dig around Flickr and Twitter and read and see the many moments of #bcv09 over and over again. I stumbled on your post and... I began thinking of the pure honesty you put into your session. It was great. The exercise was effective and hopefully showed the attendees the power of positive words and intentions. The veneers drop in places like Barcamp and our masks are things that we try to use less and less each day. Your honest desire to answer the questions that nag at you will bring you answers. Cheers and great to meet you that day I hope we meet again. -@kempedmonds

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