We've always believed that rules are really just guidelines. We’re not talking about the serious, underlying rules that govern cultures and societies, but the other billions of rules we’re subjected to. Like not going up the “down” escalator. Or going in the “out” door. You know, the non-malicious rule bending that keeps us young.
And pulling pranks – the all-in-good-humor ones where the victim laughs as much as the perpetrator. Like filling a colleague's workspace with balloons while they’re on holiday. Once, in college, while I was asleep my roommate Allen sealed me in our room from the outside by stacking aluminum cans in the doorframe and covering the wall with newspaper to hold them in place. When I pulled open the door to dash to an exam, the wall of cans came crashing down. I had to punch my way through the paper and headed off to class with a higher-than-expected level of adrenalin! Now that was funny and mischievous.
What rules have you bent lately? Been up to any mischief? Any stories you'd like to share?! Enquiring minds want to know! ;)
It's said that children laugh some 300 times a day and adults laugh only 20 times a day. Why is this? Are our lives as adults so serious? Ok, clearly adult lives have grown-up issues to deal with; we have jobs and bills and need to provide for others as well as ourselves - serious issues indeed but not issues that should prevent us from enjoying ourselves. These are not issues that hold us back from enjoying the simple things in life; from laughing at life itself.
We need to take pleasure all that we do. If we're unhappy with our lives then it's time to change things. We need to get ourselves in a place that makes us happy. We control our happiness - it's not dependent on others. We make our own happiness and how we react to what life gives us is our decision.
And laugh! Mirth is a lovely word for gaiety, being jolly and laughing. We need to feel a good belly laugh daily if at all possible. Not just a wry smile or a nod of approval to something, but a laugh that starts in our toes and rumbles up through our bodies. A laugh that shakes our entire frame as we share it with the world.
What makes you laugh? How do you tap into what you find funny? Share your thoughts with us here!
So, Xpelli started as a seemingly one-off spark: fotopelli, a combination of word play and placing Kokopelli into a 21st century setting. And I thought that was that, silly me. Add inspiration from my good friend Lee Shiney who, when shown fotopelli, suggested "xpelli" that would incorporate Pelli in any situation. Great idea, thank you, and I promptly bought the domain name and set the whole idea aside for awhile. "Awhile" as in nearly two years. (Note to self: We must constantly ask ourselves what are we waiting for...)
On a walk last fall, my wife Judit and I began talking about Xpelli and its possibilities. We talked about how we could share the concept of Kokopelli with his magic, mirth and mischief to a wider audience; how we could encourage others to embrace these traits for themselves. Hey, we thought, Kokopelli has been relevant for 3000 years so let's help spread the magic!
We broke out our drawing pencils and paper and began sketching ideas, situations, phrases and names:
Now, a few short (and, at times, long!) months later, we've launched Xpelli with a website where we can share the concept as well as the first couple of designs. We have dozens completed already and are drawing more all the time. We'll add them on a regular basis to the collection so please check back and - if there's something you'd like to see - just drop us a note!
Enjoy the moment!