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Bobby Ricketts
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Saxophonist, Creative Advisor, Associate Lecturer, Int'l Arts Envoy
Saxophonist, Creative Advisor, Associate Lecturer, Int'l Arts Envoy

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Per Peter's request, posting this example of CRCRTH692 Peer Commentary:

"Dear [Peer name withheld]

We could probably chart some of the discussion pertaining to your project on an x-y axis: 'X' (horizontal) being a range of ideas from "pragmatic" to "heartfelt/authentic". It is possible to be pragmatic without being authentic, it is possible to be authentic without being pragmatic, and it is certainly possible to be both at the same time. On the vertical 'Y' axis, we could place a minimum value of "fulfilling an assignment" to a maximum value of "moving my platform or business to the next level". My understanding is, you'd like to place as high as possible on the Y axis, and as far to the right as possible on the X axis, while somehow maintaining at least at toe within what makes rational (business) sense. Your experiential work data points to a need to continue, deepen, or follow up on connections made with your community, the implication being this is most effectively accomplished online, preferably in a manner which accommodates some degree of monetization. A natural question arises here: how can you best serve your community of readers/followers/clients/customers?

That inquiry brings us to our discussion re: the level of, say, thoughtfulness or consideration behind the choices we make for these course projects which also may become business products. Also, the amount of thought/consideration that goes into development of projects/products, and how to find/create space for this. We spoke of "quick execution" vs. "deliberate steps" (my paraphrase), i.e. that (as is my belief) much reflection is required for larger steps such as "moving my platform or business to the next level". Here, I mentioned the value (for me) of journaling constantly - by hand, by phone, by voice memo, by any means necessary in today's busy world. There's a challenge in being present with personal relationships while also requiring time/space for reflection. Ironically, I'm just now seeing how well the challenges of developing the project match the problem being addressed in the project itself. Perhaps exploring this tension further presents a way forward for you/your work.

Here's one way I'm tackling the "being present/being reflective" dichotomy, in practical terms: I invite people into my reflection. What I mean by this is (I think) I try to incorporate the reflective/journaling capacity into the presence of the moment in relationships. In other words, if you ask me how I'm doing, instead of saying "fine", talking about the weather, or the local sports team, I'd rather share the current problem I'm working on, and ask if it's a situation you recognize. This is a way of sharing work in progress that often makes for engaging conversation (and it often benefits the work in progress). Not with everybody, some people just want to talk about the weather. But I find that most people enjoy contributing a tip, a word of advice, or just attempting to understand. On other occasions I'll hear someone mention something that might apply to my inquiry, and I'll ask if they mind if I make a physical note of what they said (out comes the journaling device), and then I'll explain why. People seem to enjoy when something they said resonates and is appreciated. Suddenly, "being reflective" becomes an activity we can share, instead of an activity that requires elusive solitude. Incredibly helpful when there's only 24 hours in a day.

Maybe it's a combination of being mindful, aware, reflective (in action/on action), and ready-to-journal all in one?"

- Bobby

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Having an #inspirational mind twist today at #Aros Museum of Modern #Art in #Århus #Denmark #jazzlife #ontheroad #downtime
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Today's office... #Danish #summer at its best. #Moonjam #Køge #Denmark #jazzlife
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Gettin' into it earlier this eve, w #Moonjam in Faxe #Denmark #saxophone #jazzlife
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As captured by Jonas the caricaturist, earlier today... #cartoonlife
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