Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Matter

Do It Scared

Dark blonde Playmate Samantha Torres in the ocean with wet hair

The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was 'do it scared.' And no matter if you're scared, just go ahead and do it anyway because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone.

African-American comedian, actress, and television personality (born 1967)

Harper Lee on Courage

Brunette Carrie Stevens was Playmate of the Month for June 1997

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird (born 1926)

Know Which People Really Love You

Brunette American actress Bridget Regan smiles wearing a black rain coat

In the end, you'll know which people really love you. They're the ones who see you for who you are and, no matter what, always find a way to be at your side.

Author of several webcomics: "Something Positive", "New Gold Dreams", and "Midnight Macabre"

Age Is An Issue Of Mind Over Matter

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Thought for Today: Remain Positive

Train tracks in Alabama stretch west into distance as an orange sun sets for day

If my mind is still enough, I can see the deeper meaning behind each situation. No matter how bad a problem may seem on the surface, if I remain positive eventually I will see how everything has worked out for the best.

Daily Reflection: What Matters?

Overview of tropical harbor with pleasure craft anchored

When you are elderly, what will matter to you the most?

Being Born In A Duck Yard

Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.

Danish author and poet (1805 - 1875)

Age Is An Issue Of Mind Over Matter

Brunette Polish beauty Amanda Streich was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for December 2012

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 23rd

Brunette model  Kelly Brook wearing a brown bikini with sequins

So much of an artist's career hinges on the sense that we are going somewhere, that we are not just trapped by the four walls of wherever we are. For creativity sanity, I must believe that if I just do the next right thing, a path will unfold for me. I must believe there is a divine plan for me and my work. As an artist, I must believe in higher forces, sources of inspiration, movements of destiny. I must believe in something larger and wiser than myself. Some artists believe in God. Others believe in Art. No matter what we call it, a belief in it is necessary for our sheer artistic survival.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 12th

Sexy blonde Alissa poses in black leotard

A critical failure of nerve at the last moment causes us to doubt the worthiness of projects we have birthed. Novels go into desk drawers. Plays languish on shelves. The pumpkin rots on the vine. How can we go forward from here? We must believe, first of all, in the worth of our brainchildren. We must not abandon them. We must keep them a priority. Faced with rejection, we must keep trying. At root, it comes back to being a matter of faith. We must see our work as divine in origin. We must believe there is a divine path of goodness ahead in its unfolding. When we are rejected, we must ask, "What next?" and not, "Why me?"

Thought for Today: Mind Matters

Teal sea at Rotoava in French Polynesia

The most important part of you is your mind (not your brain — the brain is the hardware and the mind creates the software). Care for your mind, make friends with it, always feed it healthy food, engage it in positive activity, exercise it with knowledge and wisdom. Like a garden returns fragrance and beauty according to the care invested, so your mind will repay you with thoughts, ideas and visions of great beauty when tended and invested with care. Your mind is not made of matter but it does matter what you give it and what you create with it. Where your mind goes, you go. What your mind creates becomes your destiny.

Where Civil Liberty, Tolerance And Equality Of All Citizens Before The Law Prevail

Brunette model Kyra Santoro wearing a T-shirt stating "This Kills" and jean shorts

As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.

Upon leaving Germany in 1933

The Artist's Way Every Day - September 10th

Blonde model Kate Upon poses in a blue and white stripe bikini

Creativity is an experience — to my eye, a spiritual experience. It does not matter which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two. In the face of such experience, the whole question of belief is rendered obsolete. As Carl Jung answered the question of belief late in his life, "I do not believe; I know."

My World Has Opened And Closed All At Once

For those of you that know me without my super hero cape, you can probably understand why I’ll be refraining from blog posts for awhile. My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass. Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey. But at the moment all I can feel is alone. And for the first time in my life I feel strong enough to be on my own. Though I never imagined my hand would be so forced. As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path. The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu. But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes. In those unsure endings I find my strength, my true friends, and my heart’s song. A song that I thought had all but died away, when really it was softly singing all along. I don’t know what will happen from here. I don’t know how to feel normal. But I do know that I am loved, by myself and those around me. And no matter where my compass-less vessel will take me, that love will keep me buoyant.

Long-time girlfriend to Edward Joseph Snowden, the source of 2013 NSA spying leaks

Thought for Today: Mindful Moments

Sunlight shines through autumn leaves on a green hill side

Most of us are of sound mind, but many of us have trouble maintaining a note of harmony and peace. Most of us know how to think, but few of us are able to control our thoughts. We all have the capacity to be creative, to image new ideas, but few of us are able to do it together and co-create in harmony with each other. We could all do with some mental training so that we may use the most powerful energy in the universe, the mind, which is always at our instant disposal. We can begin with mindfulness. It's a simple way to gently help our mind go where it is best to go, do what is the best thing to do. It begins by simply being fully aware of what you are doing. Mostly we are not fully aware, as our minds wander into the past and then into possible futures. We spend most of our time watching others and so rarely fully focus on what we are actually doing ourselves. Next time you sit down to a meal, watch your self. Be aware of only what you are eating. Every time your mind wants to wander, bring it gently and lovingly back to the action and sensation of eating. Then do the same when cleaning, when writing, when working.

There Is Always Something Good To Look Forward To

Redhead beauty Danelle Folta was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April 1995

No matter how old you are, there's always something good to look forward to.

Canadian cartoonist, well known for her comic strip For Better or For Worse (born 1947)

The Artist's Way Every Day - June 18th

Brunette beauty Carrie Stevens was Playmate of the Month for June 1997

Morning Pages are nonnegotiable. They will teach you that your mood does not really matter. Some of the best creative work gets done on the days when you feel that everything you're doing is just plain junk. The Morning pages will teach you to stop judging and just let yourself write. So what if you are tired, crabby, distracted, stressed? Your artist is a child and it needs to be fed. Morning Pages feed your artist child. So write your Morning Pages.

Thought for Today: Humility

Sunset amist storm clouds above Teton mountain range in Wyoming

Humility puts a hand out to nothing extra, but simply takes what's there. Whether that be food or clothing or understanding. Sometimes there is a lot available and sometimes only a little. It doesn't matter. Even when you understand nothing, there is no worry, for in humility there is the trust that if a person feels themselves to be a child of God, everything will come anyway at the right time.

Thought for Today: Happiness Is Your Property

Talk about Happiness and Property...  Brooklyn Bridge as wall window to room

No matter what adverse situations come in front of you, no matter how many obstacles come in front of you, your happiness should not disappear. An obstacle that comes will also go away. That obstacle comes and goes away but what belongs to you should not go. So, happiness is your property. Whenever an obstacle comes, just think that it has come to go away. When a guest comes to your home, it isn't that he has come as a guest and will go away having taken everything from your home. So an obstacle has come and it will go away but it should not take away your happiness. Happiness should always remain with you.

Mathematical Equation Stands Forever

Brunette Amanda Cerny in black bikini was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for October 2011

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

Winner of Noble Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)