“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious; not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
-Susan Sontag
xo
gnight
allison

Add yours Comments – 48

  • taylor nikole

    on September 20, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    actually here πŸ™‚
    its almost good morning.
    What am i doing up?
    Darwin… i think you were right when you told me about my ‘staying up too late’.

    although nice quote
    its true… we wait too much for approval opposed to taking the initiative we so long to.

    I am a curious person… as is everyone here πŸ™‚

  • arash

    on September 21, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I for one will not pay attention until telemarketing is banned.

  • Robert

    on September 21, 2008 at 1:31 am

    I agree with this quote, it is so important to strive for the next point along the road and not to slip into the background. However that’s easy to stay but in the past I have seen it happen. Where people have become envious over missed opportunities, and others just figured they had tried long enough and became comfortable. I was brought up to believe you do your best, never give up, and always strive for better.
    In the end isn’t that’s what life’s about?

  • AJ

    on September 21, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Here’s something I’m curious about: how do you find such time to talk to us your fans? It is such a fantastic thing, but I was always under the impression that working in television meant horrendously long hours, lack of sleep, etc. How do you find time to do anything besides catch up on sleep?

  • JOEY

    on September 21, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Good Night Miss Mack,

    It has been a very long time since my last message on your website.
    I can see there is always very good topics.
    I’m still in mind with you.
    So to speak, you have see with the biggest eyes like an eagle. Your true love is the marvellous light that you have to be inside of your soul. You can walk the street or jump into the cold snow but everytime with the eye of the eagle that fly gracefully. You have to eat the air. Don’t be a filter, just eat the air with the true love inside your soul. Remember, water can see every stones all ’round but it can drop or crash. You just have to be like water my dear Friend.

    All the Best,
    Regards to Tabby,
    Your friend always,

    Joey L.

  • Robin

    on September 21, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I think this quote applies to all of us, I mean it’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same thing, It takes more effort and bravery to try something new, yet it’s the reason why it’s all the more rewarding.

    It must be one the the great joys of acting to be able to “live” different roles and experience different situations that you could never have in just a normal job, it’s like living many lives in one lifetime?!

  • David Hayes

    on September 21, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I will comment on one part of the quote … about not waiting for inspiration.

    Julia Cameron wrote her book “The Artists Way” about getting around writer’s block. She said that many writers fall into a trap where they deal that they can’t work at all unless they are inspired … or drunk or high. She asks her readers commit to a routine of wrting for the sake of writing to keep the flow going and to learn to access their resources whenever they want to. An example might be people who want to run in a marathon. If they want to do well, they don’t just get inspired and run a marathon when one is scheduled that sounds like something they would like to do. They have to stay fit and ready by exercising and running so that they can participate at their best when the time comes.

    I’ll admit that I didn’t finish the book or do the recommended exercises. My problem at the time the book was suggested was that I was writing continually … even when I needed to be doing other things. Suggesting that book to me then was like giving a laxative to someone with diarrhea (and this ISN’T the first time my writing has been compared to diarrhea).

    As to paying attention, I’m not sure I can afford to pay for attention at this time.

    And society’s kiss … I had to learn to do without that decades ago.

    Clenching … hmmm.

  • Jennifer

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:07 am

    I don’t have much to say but,nice quote Allison. =)

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I don’t agree with you David.

    I’ve read almost everything you have written, and I wouldn’t say it was Diarrhoea.

    I don’t think you give yourself enough credit. I’m not shy, if it wasn’t good, I would tell you so.

    Like you did to my work, remember?

    (Only joking!) How is the eye by the way?

    Friday πŸ™‚

  • Kris

    on September 21, 2008 at 7:15 am

    I take this quote to mean much more than just, “Be ok to be yourself and do whatever. Don’t let life pass you by.”

    I think it’s meant more as a message to look for what you need and want…just like she says, “pay attention.” That’s something that I’m glad that I’ve learned already. Everything you’ll ever need or want out of life is generally right in front of your face. But we’re all guilty of looking past what’s there to see if what’s coming up might be better.

  • Lou

    on September 21, 2008 at 7:41 am

    whoa. I’m kinda messed up this morning. I almost get it, but that kinda threw my head through a loop. I think it got stuck too. πŸ˜›

    I guess, just don’t be lazy or something like that.

  • Melissa

    on September 21, 2008 at 7:58 am

    I’m curious too, and some people see it as a problem, but what I think about it is the more curious I am the more I learn about other new things, and that’s not a problem, even if what I discover happened to be a terrible thing I learn my lesson to not making it again, but I’m always going to be curious and paying attention to things I haven’t discover yet, it’s my natural of being human. To be curious and to pay attention are two things that go together…You pay attention to something you don’t know, that way you are curious to know what it is…..like you said Allison, attention connects you to other things, new people, new cities, new friends, to everything….Attention is the mind idea to keep going…to discover new things.

    Bye,Melissa.

  • David Hayes

    on September 21, 2008 at 8:18 am

    With so much food for thought on this site, shouldn’t there be a warning that reading it may result in getting a fat head?

    Maybe we can have a food for the body blog soon and share recipes.

    And Friday, I’m 20/20 crrected vision again but I still have a purple methane bubble in my eye that reflects light in strange ways (very annoying) and I still have to sleep specific ways until the bubble is gone. The plus side is that I can tell from the bubble if I am on the level or not.

  • David Hayes

    on September 21, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Oops — PROPANE bubble, not methane. I have suggested that the doctors use methane as a green alternative to propane (and in hopes of getting a job as a supplier).

  • JOEY

    on September 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Miss Mack,

    It has been a very long time since my last message on your website.
    I can see there is always very good topics.
    I’m still in mind with you.
    So to speak, you have to see with the biggest eyes like an eagle. Your true love is the marvellous light that you have to be inside of your soul. You can walk the street or jump into the cold snow but everytime with the eye of the eagle that fly gracefully. You have to eat the air. Don’t be a filter, just eat the air with the true love inside of your soul. Remember, water can see every stones all ’round but at the really same time it can drop or crash. You just have to be like water my dear Friend.

    All the Best,
    Regards to Tabby,
    Your friend always,

    Joey L.

  • Brittany

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Wow I really like that quote Allison. It sends me the instant message to do whatever you please and be who you are and explore your capacities in the world. Good night to you, well Goodmorning here! Much love, Britt XOXO

  • Tony

    on September 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I have been inspired (I didn’t wait for the inspiration, but it came anyway) by the energy of the people who respond to this blog, and I’m going to do a bold, self-centered, and scary thing by asking you to trip over to the “Scribbles” section of the forum and read the story I wrote this morning due to the energy you all provided me with. As I said, it’s a vain little thing, but it’s also for your entertainment. With thanks to David Hayes, whose posts I always enjoy and benefit from, I call it “Moron Conditioning: Princess Isabella and the Castle of Shoe.” I will be posting it next. Thanks, –Tony

  • I'm Rachel

    on September 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Yeah. Iv’e found waiting for inspiration does me no good most the time.

    My 40 day negative word/thought fast is going very well.

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    taylor nikole RE: lack of sleep.

    You get run down without adequate sleep.
    In sleep your muscles grow and repair from exercise…bodyfat redeuces…brain revitalizes.

    Micheal J. Fox attributed his current health problems at least in part to the fact that he was shooting the TV show FAMILY TIES during the day and working on BACK TO THE FUTURE at night.

    As to the quote! VERY revitalizing!

    IF you maintain awareness…FRESH things are always coming to mind and heart…

    And societies kiss may NEVER come if you wait for it!

    People who want to act or write or pursue almost any career in the arts will always be confronted with…”So when are you going to get a REAL job?”

    The funny thing is…even successful people in the arts often get no respect.

    Look at the movie MISS POTTER…concerning the life of Beatrix Potter.

    Many people including her mother were dismissive of her efforts.

    Even herself to a certain extent…as she was hesitant to inquire as to her royalty earning…would it be…enough…someday
    …to allow her to get her own house?

    The answer?

    Several in town and in the country if she wanted.

    As a fellow writer I always liked the quote: “I write when I am inspired and I see to it that I ‘m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” Peter de Vries

  • Robin Hebert

    on September 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I love that! Eagerness and anticipation of good things is also equated with faith!
    I love having attitudes like that. I dont always, but when I do, then I’m more open to seeing opportunities and gleaning the goodness out of my life. I dont want to miss a beat!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    hahah I feel like i just got lectured from Darwin…
    hahah
    <3

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    *laughing* taylor nikole…

    NOT lecturing…silly.

    Just…supplemental material I know you will file in your vast brain and use when you feel like it!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    hmm…
    kinda like lecturing…
    at least that you receive in a classroom
    from a teacher πŸ˜‰

    I never got to the video today πŸ™

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    was completely busy πŸ™

  • Lori Bennett

    on September 21, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    good slogin “stay eager.” i like that. i think we should be a part of the world (do things worth while), not simply exist in it for the short time we have while in it. that is my philosophy for tonight.

  • Joy

    on September 21, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Wow. I really love this quote. I don’t know much about different writers, poets, philosophers, and other geniuses, but I take in what they say to such great lengths.
    I’m actually surfing the internet right now trying to find a quote for my senior quote at school. I want to find something that helps define me and my struggles, but also gets people to really think when they hear the quote. I would definately use this one…but its too long. πŸ™
    I really love it when you (Allison) mention quotes from people, and I hope that we can bring up a discussion on this one…its so true. πŸ˜›
    As always..LOVE reading your blogs
    -JOY

  • Keri

    on September 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    This is an awesome quote for me lately. I’ve lost interest in pretty much everything I used to love or that inspired me. My art teacher has started to inspire me to keep working on things, and that will help me get past whatever’s holding me back. If she hadn’t had said anything, I would still have a half finished painting of Johnny Cash sitting in my room. Now it’s 3/4 finished instead. But the point is that inspiration can be literally anything. Something someone says, does, doesn’t do, believes in, etc. Anything that crosses your mind is worthy of a song or a painting, if you let it be. Most of what we see or think we dismiss as irrelevent while we wait for some huge event as inspiration. Some of the best songs are written when someone was inspired by little things, and some of the cheesiest are when someone’s inspired by a huge event.

  • christa link

    on September 21, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    i really liked your quote. i agree that you should live your life to the fullest. me having a baby was mine. i also look forward to seeing you allison on smallville every week. i got season 6 for my birthday next month. not much else to say. goodnight everybody.

  • David Hayes

    on September 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Reference Keri’s Comments:

    I lived in Wellington, Ohio when I was graduated from High School. The favorite son of that town was Archibald Willard. Painted furniture was a big thing in his day and he painted carriages, furniture and murals in local houses. On the 4th of July one year, he saw some men dressed up in the local parade as injured soldiers returning from war. One played a drum, one played a fife and one carried a flag. He thought they looked pretty hayseed and he did a cartoon of them and called it “Yankee Doodle.” A friend saw it and liked it and said that it was a good subject but he should treat it as a serious subject rather than as a joke. Mr. Willard took his advice and painted his first of several paintings of the three men. The paintings are titled “The Spirit of 76.” You may not think you are familiar with it, but if you look it up on the net, I think you will find it familiar. Willard took his painting to the national Centennial Celebration and the organizers didn’t think much of it. They didn’t want to have it as part of the art exhibit but allowed it to be set up on an easel outside. The painting drew such crowds that they changed their minds and brought it inside and gave it a prominent spot.

    Well, that’s my 1:14am break from unconsciousness. Back to bed.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    FIRST day of fall tomorrow! which is in an hour and a half.
    a new beggining!
    my favorite season of all!
    Its watching a change, a preparation..
    a painting of colors πŸ™‚
    its all natural art and its amazing and inspirational.
    It makes me extremely happy!

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    *laughs*

    Feels like taylor nokole is LECTURING me!

    (kidding!)

    I LOVE the fall too!

    And I am happy you are happy!

  • Matthew

    on September 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Fall is the best everything is so colorful!!!! i like colors and i like the weather. its kind of windy/rainy/cold which is really cool up here in alaska!!!!! alaska is so cool

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I could be lecturing you
    *wags finger?*

    Walking home (because i lack the ability to drive legally… not like i dont *smile*)
    I like to step on the fallen leaves and hear the crunching sound…
    weird..

    I actually want to create a huge pile of leaves this year and jump in it! πŸ™‚

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    and i get to wear my collection of scarves (aka my collection obsession)

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    taylor nikole: WORSE things you could be obsessed about!

    And I do the whole leaf crunching thing too!

    Not weird.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Darwin,
    this is true πŸ™‚
    oh and hats!
    yes yes
    I’m seriously hoping for another fall mack event

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    taylor nikole: Should have mentioned this to LYDIA before she left!

    She should even BE in Vancouver right now!

    Could have passed a message along to Allison while she was in the neighborhood!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Darwin,

    ugh i want to go to Canada so badly!
    I’ve seen so many pictures and my friends seem to be going without me…
    unfair haha πŸ™‚

    Well I do also just want to TRAVEL everywhere…
    I have a long list set…
    its ridiculous
    I also keep it in my purse πŸ™‚

  • Darwin

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I nly live…about 15 hours form Allison’s neighborhood…and there’s MOUNTAINS between us…so she never sees me waving.

    Canada IS beautiful..NO DOUBT about it!

    Happy you have it on your list!

    Your p[urse is a great place for your list…next to your passport!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah I’m not allowed to touch that stuff… until i need it *shrugs shoulders*
    im only allowed to carry my hopes and lists!

    well mountains do create quite a problem…

    Although i wouldn’t mind living up there… US government sucks :-/

  • taylor nikole

    on September 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    plus ive never gotten the chance to get out of the country….
    I was supposed to go to the Caribbean this past summer and we filled out paperwork and blah blah blah… all leading to passport and never got the chance to use it.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 22, 2008 at 12:01 am

    its fall!

  • jennygirl

    on September 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    But I DO SO love society’s kiss on my forehead!

  • jennygirl

    on September 22, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    And yes….taylornikole…Darwin DOES have a tendancy to lecture. Be forewarned!!!!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    heheh jennygirl πŸ™‚
    woo i’ve kinda noticed :-p

  • Darwin

    on September 22, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I object! That’s definition of my character!

    I would say defamation…

    But…

    I HAVE been paid to be a GUEST lecturer!

  • jennygirl

    on September 23, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I’m telling you…the girl is quick!

  • Stephen K

    on September 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Seems like a wordy way of saying “Carpe Diem”.
    Steve