Monthly Archives: January 2016

Collective Consciousness

Some weeks, you really feel like you’re in the flow of something collective, and this week was one of them.  A lot of us played the lottery. And David Bowie passed away.
 
Colby, my waiter at the Ace, certainly hoped I had the winning ticket as I checked my numbers over breakfast. That would have been a good day for both of us.
 
Dan and Colby
 
But…it was not to be.
 
Not this time
 
Still, between the 2-cent lottery pool I joined at work with 136 of my colleagues and the many conversations I had during the week with both friends and strangers about “…how we would handle it..,” I had a lot of fun, and re-affirmed that I’m pretty happy with my life the way it is, anyway.
 
Moving from the material plane to the spiritual, David Bowie’s death has been an interesting collective experience.
 
Remembering Bowie
 
I love Bowie’s music and his ethos as a creative artist. I didn’t follow him super-closely while he was alive; yet, his death, for me, leaves existence on this planet feeling a little different. It’s a different place without him here–I feel that.
 
The whole week has been punctuated with Bowie moments–from hugging my colleague Katie who really felt sad about it, to hearing a cool remix of Let’s Dance in a coffee shop, to the moment last night, at the end of a long and beautiful week of doing work I love (designing for social impact), where the band on the rooftop of the Ace played Life On Mars, and everyone went quiet for just a few seconds.
 
Life on Mars


And then, the earth resumed its spin, and we’re back again, in the flow of time.