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Richard C. Arthur Richard C. Arthur avid creator. free time scheduler. man of action.

Richard Arthur is a Navy commander, filmmaker, and self-described "opinionated bastard." He has worked on NCIS, Commander in Chief, Hawaii Five-O, several features and he has just returned from a humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia aboard the hospital ship, MERCY. [www.ricarthur.com]

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The knowledge of our impending failure and the courage with which we meet it offers a normal life the potential to be sublime and beautiful. The paired demons and angels of my journey have always been my attempts to please each side of myself – the man of action and responsibility and the man of invention. The key struggle at this middle point is to remain true to my intention in life and remain bold in the face of my limitations.

My new family is a joyful revelation of purpose, but the struggle to create has always driven me. This results in a dilemma because I must deliver according to my responsibilities while retaining a lightness and non-mindfulness of outcome, which are mandatory ingredients of creation. We must always struggle to honor what is most meaningful to us. We all have to fight for our lives, meaning fight for the particular/potential life that we think we should live. The thousand compromises of each hour attempt to pull us away from our intention. This is not to say that we should not compromise.  We must compromise – but we must be careful.

I try to structure big empty blocks of time into my schedule, during which I have no obligations. David Lynch stresses that, in order to be creative, you must have big open spaces in your life. Space to fuck around, read, stare into space, dream, watch movies, wander. The funny thing is that I always find that it is during these completely empty times that I am able to make quantum leaps.

Courage is the cardinal virtue. Without it nothing else is possible. This is okay, though. Our actual lives are so insignificant. This will sound mystical, but I think our intention and actions toward that intention are the only important things. Pema Chodran distills this into a phrase that I’ve kept with me for many years: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” To do anything of value, we must be willing to be absolutely destroyed.

Meaning is not “found” in this world. It is imposed by one’s will. Everything of value about our lives must be brought into being by us and nurtured by us. We all need to be creators. We create meaning in our lives by action. Decision, commitment and action precede meaning.

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