I hope that 2018 is shaping up to be a marvelous year for you thus far!
I’ve received a lot of fantastic feedback on last week’s blog where I laid out the concept of using SMART goals to achieve what you want to accomplish in the new year, as opposed to resolutions which don’t work. I’m thrilled that so many of you found the information valuable. As you know, if you follow me regularly, I’m a big proponent of personal development. I read a lot of books, listen to motivational podcasts and audio programs and go to seminars and workshops when I can. There’s so much that’s bad in this country and this world these days that I do what I can to try and put good stuff in my head. I read a great quote this week that I wrote down and put on my bathroom mirror:
“Compete with others and you’ll get bitter. Compete with yourself and you’ll get better.”
To that end I have one major goal in 2018 and that’s to be the best possible version of myself. Mentally, physically, emotionally, creatively and socially. Using the ground I stand on today as a yardstick from which to measure, I want to be the best father, partner, friend, writer, performer, broadcaster, neighbor and citizen of the world that I possibly can. At the end of the day, that’s really all you can do, isn’t it?
What do you hope to accomplish this year? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and share!
Today, I started the book that everybody in the country is talking about this week, FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolff. As of this writing, I’m four chapters in and…wow. Just WOW.
This book would be funny if it weren’t so scary and if the implications of what’s being reported weren’t so dire for our country and our world. READ IT. I’m listening to the unabridged audio version on Audible and I can’t put it down. I can’t wait to finish writing so that I can get back to it!!
READ IT. If you have been following this presidency in the press the last year, nothing here will surprise you. It’s just providing more detail and context. If you haven’t been following or if you’ve avoided because you’re a Trump fan, READ IT. At the very least, you should have a clear and informed idea of what it is you support.
THE SHAPE OF WATER, and it was a pleasant surprise. I had seen the trailer with Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer as cleaning women in a Cold War era military facility where a humanoid aquatic monster is being held captive and I rolled my eyes. This film is SO much more than that. Of course it’s a monster movie and a very touching love story, but it’s also a story about fear and hubris and, most importantly, what is it that truly makes us human? And, what is this arrogance that makes man believe that he rightfully has dominion over other creatures to do with as he pleases for whatever reasons he so chooses? I’m going to see it again. GO.
After the amazing New Year’s Eve comedy extravaganza my friends and I put on at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center on Sunday night, the Lady Love and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, PAPILLION in Fremont, California. I’ve written about this eatery before in this space and if you live in the Bay Area and watch Check Please! on KQED you probably know that I did a segment recommending it. It has been one of my favorite restaurants since college when I’d work extra hours to scrape together enough for special occasions.
We had a terrific late supper of steak and seafood as we rung in 2018. If you’ve never been to Papillon, GO. If you haven’t been in a long time, GO BACK. Tell Charlie (the owner) that you’re a friend of mine and I sent you. He’ll take good care of you!
This weekend is my first week off in…I don’t know how long. I’m gonna stay home, lay on my lazy behind, binge watch Netflix shows and organize my comic book collection. By the way, I collect pre-1970 superhero comics. If you’ve got any in the garage or the attic you wanna part with, I’m buying!
Two performance related things…
For the third straight year, the Marsh in San Francisco and I are partnering to bring my solo show on Depression, THE WAITING PERIOD, to the public for free on Sundays. The play has been successful in helping people who are depressed and suicidal to reevaluate their situations and seek the help they need. It’s also helped friends and family members of those who, like me, struggle with depression and mental illness, to have a better understanding of what the burden we carry is like. We’re able to do this only with your help. Can you please take a look at our GoFundMe campaign and consider making a tax deductible contribution?
Without your help, we won’t be able to help others this year.
Last year I published a novella based on “The Waiting Period.” I’ve made it available for FREE to the public. Just cover shipping and handling. Get your copy TODAY through briancopeland.com.
Have a great weekend!