It’s Sunday morning, Northshore Maui. The sun across the empty streets of surfer’s village Pai’a is casting yellowish shadows. The tourists haven’t hit Hana nor Baldwin yet, the shops are quiet. Pai’a Bay Coffee is my hang. I sit over Sunday morning coffee and think, the word ‘consistency’ comes to mind.
Consistency in creativity, one brush stroke after the other when I paint, one note after another note played on my guitar, one sentence after another sentence when I write. In Hawai’i the word ‘imua’, meaning ‘forward’ is what consistency produces. To create is to produce, to be imua.
When I was a young boy my father taught me a saying, my father said it came from Robert F Kennedy: “Don’t tell me what you going to do…Tell me what you have done.” That quote has stuck with me for years (note: I can’t find any reference of RFK actually saying this, but my father believed, and so the belief was handed down from father to son). I have been for several months now been preparing my art project, Optimistic Vibe, for national launch. The thought for approach to the nation has been to explain Optimistic Vibe through a series of videos stating ‘what we going to do’.
Explaining ‘what we are going to do’, instead of ‘showing what we have done’? Mmm…
When we ‘show what we have done’, instead of explaining ‘what we are going to do’, we shift the discussion to accomplishment, the ‘positive’ based on consistency. By doing the positive that Optimistic Vibe says it is going to do, consistently, we brand Optimistic Vibe with each positive accomplishment, both large and small. It is consistency in doing the positive that Optimistic Vibe says it is going to do that will launch Optimistic Vibe naturally, through inspiration rather than manipulation.
United by Optimism. Driven by Passion. Inspire others to do the things that inspire their passion. This is the mission of Optimistic Vibe, and as the designer of OV I personally have been consistent in designing Optimistic Vibe so that it inspires me to do the things that inspire my passion. This is what propels me from bed each wonderful morning with the desires to move mountains. I haven’t been saying what ‘I’m going to do’, I have instead been busy for the last three and half years years, day in day out, inspiring myself to do the things that inspire my passion. I have been ‘doing’ instead of ‘saying’.
‘Don’t tell me what you are going to do…Tell me what you have done’. Consistency, consistently, inspiration instead of manipulation, these are the barometers of quality I as an artist live, ergo these are the barometers of quality Optimistic Vibe lives by also. Inspire by ‘what we have done’ instead of manipulation by ‘what we are going to do’. This is the brand of Optimistic Vibe, to inspire through positive accomplishment.
We lead through inspiration by ‘doing’, or follow through manipulation by ‘saying’. Optimistic Vibe is leading a national social movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire their passion. Optimistic Vibe is ‘doing’ this through inspiration; I am inspired to do the things that build community, just like OV says it is going to do. Through inspiration OV is inviting others to follow our progress as we consistently make the world a better place a little bit more each progressive day.