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satisfied customers make it work!

The Make It Happen nerve center received exciting news from Wayne, an MIH client who made it happen.  Wayne writes:

“… my participation in MIH had everything to do with that job offer coming through!  What MIH taught me, after all, is that sometimes in order to “make” things happen, all we really need to do is stand by and let them happen which, thanks to the kind and able assistance of the MIH facilitators, is exactly what I did.”

Wayne, we salute you with this stolen image … work!

Be like Wayne … join Make It Happen at the Lost Horizon Night Market on Saturday May 8.  Contact us for details.

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did you make it happen? please explain:

Make it Happen clients will soon receive the contracts that they filled out at Flux Factory on February 19, 2010.

To better serve our clients, we kindly request that you complete and return the enclosed postcard survey, which asks if you:

a) Made it Happen

b) Are in the midst of making it happen.

or

c) Have not made it happen.

If you wish to elaborate further on how your participation in Make it Happen™ contributed to achieving your dream, if you wish to tell us more about how you are currently engaged in fulfilling your commitment to Make it Happen™, or if you care to discuss why did you not achieve your dream, please elaborate in the comments area below or email us at  MakeItHappen.TM@gmail.com.

Make it Happen

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even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good

Please enjoy this beautiful video, made by Joao Leonardo, of a 1965 letter written by Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, exhorting her to Make It Happen.   The first time I saw it was at dusk, facing out of a gallery window in Chelsea.  It was intense, although I experienced it without the music, which frankly I’m not so crazy about.

One Letter from Sol LeWitt

The text reads in part:  “You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t. Learn  to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking,  worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for  some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling,  bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling,  scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning,  horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball- poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back- scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself.  Stop it and just DO”

— from Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, edited by Gary Garrels, published by MOMA

You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t. Learn
to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking,
worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for
some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling,
bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling,
scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning,
horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-
poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back-
scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself.
Stop it and just DO.

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Letting Happen and Making Happen

Here’s a bit of Make It Happen inspiration from French sociologist Antoine Hennion.  Even taste, especially taste, involves an active process of making it happen.

“What matters is what happens, what it does, what comes to light, in oneself and in things – and not what one is seeking. It is a question of sensing, of being taken, of feeling. But this is in no way a passive state: this making available of oneself could not be more active, as the word ‘passion’ effectively connotes; it passes through an intense mobilization of one’s abilities, it is backed up by skills and traditions, objects and tools. It has a history, it defines a collectivity. Taste is a making, a ‘making aware of’, and not a simple act of sensing. It is active, but contrary to an action, it is entirely turned toward an availability to what comes.  It is an active way of putting oneself in such a state that something may happen to oneself. A curious activity, indeed: it is a passivity actively sought, or an activity intentionally undergone, letting oneself be carried away, overflowing with the surprises that arise through contact with things.”

p 109 from Those Things That Hold Us Together: Taste and Sociology by Antoine Hennion in Cultural Sociology, 2007, volume 1, number 1, pp. 97–114.  Translated from the French by Martha Poon.

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Not entirely satisfied clients Make It Happen!

The lovely and brilliant Joann of UpDownAcross addressed and assessed what happened when she did not make love happen on Friday night.

“I didn’t make it happen, nowhere close…”

Can not making it happen count as making it happen?  Make It Happen has yet to develop a position on not making it happen.  But like Samuel Beckett, we suspect there may be value in failing a few times.   It’s a great way to warm up to making it happen later.  As the playwright wrote, “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”  Make It Happen counsels patience and persistence in all endeavors.  We remain confident in Joann’s ability to make it happen.  Also, we look great in her pictures.

Please draw inspiration from a bust of Samuel Beckett made out of fimo clay.  Way to make it happen.

Fimo Samuel Beckett by Jutta @ flickr.

No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

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