Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shackles and Chains

So often times it happens, that we live our lives in chains....and we never even know we have the key. The Eagles, Already Gone

I am taking a class.....what is it you ask? It is a class that is teaching me how to get the hell out of my own way so I can plow through the world and achieve what I want. Often times I find myself harvesting all the crap, so guess what I reap? You got it- more crap! So now I'm moving over and harvesting some better crops. No more crap crops. I am reaping what I sow.

Laurie Unchained. The first night of my class I learned the story of elephants that are trained by the circus. After observation, one noted that baby elephants were tied to a large thick chain that the strongest beasts could not break, whereas the adult elephants were tied to a small flimsy rope that could easily be pulled free. Why is this? Because as babies the elephants are conditioned to know that no matter how much tugging, pulling, and struggling they commit themselves to- ain't nothing gonna break that chain! As adults, they're conditioned to believe they can't break free, so they are tied to a flimsy rope that they could *easily* break as adults, but they don't do so because they are conditioned to believe they are confined.

Kind of a sad little tale, no?

And what do we as humans do? We are conditioned to believe that we are confined. But the truth is- if we always do what we always have done, we'll always get what we've always gotten. (I feel like my grammar is a little off, but whatever- you get the gist.) There are no limits.

On a completely different (although somewhat related) note, I often walk by this cozy little street on my lunch break. I love it so much- it's one of my favorite in New York City. And I love the story....in 1894 there used to be a hospital here and they built an annex (to replace a saloon/row house) which was connected by the sky bridge at the third floor level. The street is called "Staple Street", because this was also the district of Manhattan where bread, cheese, eggs, and buttter were sold. The staples.

Now, as is the case with much of Manhattan, particularly Tribeca, these buildings are now luxury apartments. After the hospital closed they sat abandoned for awhile in a once vacant, cold, ghostly alleyway where no one wanted to live. An undesirable part of the city, if you will. (It makes me wonder if they are haunted. I'll let you know. I'm doing the Lower Manhattan Ghost Tour one day soon.) At any rate, now it is quite trendy and quite pricey to live here.

Guess sombeody broke through the chains that bound them to abandoned & delapidated buildings in **Tribeca, ehh?



Footnote
**actually- it was renamed TRIangle BElow CAnal street only recently, it used to be known as more of a Warehouse District, although that wasn't the official name of the neighborhood.

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I really love how many beautiful views there are in the city. What a great shot - really captures the feel of NY that I love so much.

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