Courage and regrets

I suppose in the time that it takes to build up the courage to do things, you generally dont look at wether you would regret having done it afterwards, truth is if something is so difficult that it takes time to build up the courage to do it, then doing it in itself is reason to never regret doing it. To love for me is to have the courage do the things one would never dream of doing and say the things one would never dare say, alongside the everlasting patience for the things that may never be. Before i came here i had regrets but no courage, while i was here i had both. Now i can finally say that I have courage, but i have no regrets left…. im bulletproof.

The final.

Wow. Three years. If this doesn’t warrant a blog post, then nothing does.

Yesterday, we had our last day of work at LIPA. We had our last get out in the PMA. After having done our last gigs on Tuesday, and Friday for my part, it came down yesterday. Now, there will be no more Eyal on the flyfloor, Georg with his neatly laid out plans and Hans on the desk. At least not in LIPA.

It seems like a proper closure actually, I am glad our last job was a get out, and I am glad we did it together, for that has become our signature in this place, where one is, the other two will appear at some point. It’s what makes us good, if not the best. We are only the best because we work with the best. I think that’s a Bruce Willis line from Armageddon actually… slightly rewritten. But it’s true.

The key to everything we have done and will do, is teamwork. And we seem to be quite good at it. Not that I want to brag or anything, but it seems only right to state what is true. At least this once. It was a pleasure and it was an honour, to share the Paul McCartney Auditorium with colleagues, with friends and with equals. Thank you.

I look forward to the future, where new problems and challenges will go up against the collective mind of the BrookfieldLodge Society. Do your worst!

just Hans, but a Part of something bigger.

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Random bits

OK, where to start? Well, perhaps some words on the last post. Yes, united we stand and I am sure we will be in the future, too. Things will change but when we accept that things will change, then we will be able to go the next step. As René experienced, it will be a little difficult to follow each others way in the future, once we are not together in one place anymore. And the fact that we are sometimes quite cryptic writers on this blog doesn’t help either. Because this leaves room for interpretation and what everyone reads might not be what there really is to understand. Nevertheless I am sure the blog will be an important platform for our future. Although I am quite sure as well that we won’t become much more specific… 😉

What else? The BLS network. Yes, of course this is something valuable. But what I don’t see is what we should do about it. The network does exist – doesn’t it? And what more can there be? Any practical solutions are appreciated.

Last but not least, yesterday was the last time I switched on (and off) the lights in the PMA in LIPA. Strange, because due to the LIPA madness which is time planning, the day was heavily stressful and I didn’t have a second of rest before the show opened. Then we went through 136 (very accurate) minutes of music of varying quality and then the lights went off. The last song of the night was actually the only time I realised that this definitely means the end of my LIPA work. Although over the last months I felt that I cannot wait to leave the place and I still do, but when it came to finishing, it was still a strange feeling. Well, when I will get my feedback for the show with the usual LIPA “Yes great but not”-grade I will be remembered why I actually want to leave as soon as possible…

So much for the moment, I am sure there is more to come soon.

United we stand…

QuoteOk, to be honest, I couldn’t find a better title for this post… but I think it discribes best what I’m currently thinking. Yes, I haven’t posted anything for quite a while. This was mainly because I was …simply busy. But still I have followed all your post over the last moth and I think I can understand how your last year of LIPA went and where we all are by now…

On the one hand, I really missed “having the gentlemens club” at the Lodge with all the members of the BLS (and friends) – wandering around in yellow/dark red corridors looking for like-minded people – philosophizing about Art, Food, Wine and Life. But on the other hand, life treated me quite well since I left. I got great opportunities, met interesting new people and had chances to explore new forms of design I didn’t even thought about yet.

A few posts ago, Georg asked a question… Is this the time we silently say good bye? I think we/you might say good bye to a tiny chapter in this book called life. And even though you might be afraid to end it – It will always be a part of the whole story and the story wouldn’t be the same without it. The story would probably make no sense at all?! There are always parts in a book where you only read and read and the story doesn’t catch you at all and you are just waiting for something interesting to come… But suddenly there comes a point where everything changes and gets exciting and the whole story captures you completely. It doesn’t matter if this chapter was a turning point in our story or a chapter that answered a lot of questions, it definitely evoked a lot of feelings and emotions and it will alway help us understand the whole story.
As Eyal already wrote: This section of the journey may be coming to an end, but the journey is far from finished. Or in other words, this chapter may be coming to an end, but we are not even half way through the whole book…

For me, the time together with you, was one of the most important chapters of my story.

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Regarding the Brookfield Lodge Society, I think now is the time to go on an expand our network. Now, that (almost) everyone is going (back) into the real world, is the time where we can all benefit from the connections each one of us has. In my eyes, it’s a gift, that we can build a great network, to exchange experiences and to pass on opportunities.
Just a simple example: It took me just a few calls, to introduce our swiss field representative to my former stage management colleagues and now he has a chance to do his placement at some of germanys larges musical venues…
You see how valuable the BLS can be for each one of us. Because each one of us is great at what he does. (I know it’s a bit old, but:) “Sharing is caring!”

Ok, this might sound like a big advertising campaign, but you’ll see what I mean… 😉

United we stand – like-MinDed – crEatIve – GenerouS – pHillosoPhizing – aestHeTicisingeneRgiZing !

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious,
it is the true source of art, science, and friendship.”
– Albert Einstien
appreciating a great friendship,

Répondez, s’il vous plaît – mes chers amis, pour recevoir cette liaison merveilleuse!

You missed someone.

“M, you are perhaps the most passionate organiser and thoughtful person I know, your strength is your love for what you do.
R, you are talented and skilled in your art and that alone will lead you down the right path.
H, you are the wisest man I have ever met. You see things I could only dream off and you have been a great help and support.
E, you are a much better man than I think sometimes you are willing to admit, and your love for other people is your greatest strength, one that will take you to great things and fantastic places.
G, no one can match your eyes and your ideas at what you do, I said it once, and by that I stand; I think you are perhaps the best one at what you do in the whole of this world.”


HP, your strength of will and determination are unmatched, but its purity of the future you strive for that makes the rest of the world want to strive with you.

This section of the journey may be coming to an end, but the journey is far from finished.

You meet Everyone twIce!

I am me.

Life isn’t fair. It isn’t unfair either. Life goes exactly the way it should, it unfolds in the way it is meant to and things happen for the only reason and with the only consequence possible. That is how life works, if it is fair or not, that is a matter of perspective.

And if the past time has thought me anything, it must be that it always helps to try and see things from a different persepective. Sometimes it might be difficult, because the way you are seeing the world is so thightly knit into who you are and how you behave, and to change oneself is often the greatest challenge, but when you do, the reward is greater than you would have imagined.

Sometimes, we just have to try. Sometimes, we have to try and see the same path from different perspective, perhaps you will discover that there is a passageway between paths that you couldn’t see before? Perhaps you know where you are going, but you can’t see the path, if you can change the perspective you might see that there are many paths leading to the same destination. I think the most important thing is, that you have to be willing to walk the path. Morpehus of Zion, captain of the Nebuchadnezzar (Matrix) said: “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”… And it doesn’t help knowing either path or destination if you are unwilling to complete the nescesar journey.

It might even be a difficult journey. It could mean pain, suffering and hard times. But it could also mean joy, love, fun and all the blessings of this world. I believe we will all reach our destination in the end, we might have to go many places before that, but that is ok, because it means we get to experience life. As we, and you, are about to embark on the next journey, I wish that we all can remember what we have now, what we have created and what we are.

M, you are perhaps the most passionate organiser and thoughtfull person I know, your strength is your love for what you do.
R, you are talented and skilled in your art and that alone will lead you down the right path.
H, you are the wisest man I have ever met. You see things I could only dream off and you have been a great help and support.
E, you are a much better man than I think sometimes you are willing to admit, and your love for other people is your greatest strength, one that will take you to great things and fantastic places.
G, no one can match your eyes and your ideas at what you do, I said it once, and by that I stand; I think you are perhaps the best one at what you do in the whole of this world.

I am, simply, your friend.

Yes, our time here is ending, and even though we shall part and go to different parts of the world. What we are will remain, who we are is what will take us where we are supposed to go. And I doubt that we will forget what we created here… and I  am certain, that opportunity shall come, so that we may yet again and many times more, do what we do, together.

We are the BrookfieldLodge society.

Of the same mind; for light, for life and for the world!

atHos, Porthos and aramis
one for all and all for one

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Is this the time we silently say good-bye?

Lately things seem to have changed quite a bit. Don’t you think so?

It feels like a silent good-bye already. Nothing more to say, nothing more to experience together. Waiting for the last weeks, days, hours to trickle through the big hourglass that is our life. Great plans once made seem to have become small and unimportant. What counts is the next step forward. At least for me it feels like that. You either already know what is gonna happen to you or you don’t. In any case, you know something different, something new is ahead. Waiting.

My heart is crying every day. Although there were so many amazing moments during the last years, so many good times, there is a lot of things missed out on. Maybe the great moments wouldn’t have been as good as they were, if things were different. But it feels like leaving a place that just became home to me a few months ago.

I know things will change, probably quicker than I can imagine at the moment. Right now, this looks different though.

I once said, the centre of the universe would always be somewhere different, as long as you feel it to be there. Only if you can feel that the centre of the universe is where you are that very moment, it will actually be here. This place is the centre of the universe right now. And I don’t want to look for it at a different place – I don’t need to.

Well, I read a while ago, not to worry about the destination – it’s the journey that counts. This is nicely said, but what if you think you know where the destination actually is – you just cannot see the journey? The more you think about it on the other hand, the more sense it makes. If there wouldn’t be a journey, how interesting would it be to reach your destination? (Another reason why beaming people from one place to another far away might actually not be as exciting as we think right now.)

I also kept asking myself, what would happen if I decide wrong on this one? What happens if I go down the wrong path? A path that might never ever link to the other path again and (because time is a one way street) I cannot come back anymore? At that moment in time, I read another post on a blog that simply said, as soon as we engage in any activity, we produce an outcome. The only outcome we could possibly produce at that point, given our life experience and the circumstances of our life at that time. And that outcomes are neither good or bad. Failure and success are judgments.It sounds logical and it actually is. But I will have to change my look at life a lot before I will be able to accept that. I hope I will manage at some point. And I hope that I don’t have to make the judgment of failure anyway…

By the way: If you haven’t noticed, it is great outside at the moment. The world is changing dresses again. Isn’t it amazing how nature manages to do that every year? And she doesn’t care about fashion trends or anything. She takes out the same clothes every year – and let’s face it, her stuff isn’t brand new anymore – but hey, it looks amazing every time. But why? Well simply because it is perfect. Nature is perfection in a matter of detail we are far away from reaching. Nothing we do can ever reach this level of detail and style, too. I mean, I really try hard to match colours together, but some of the colours nature combines I would never even consider. But it works beautifully for her…!

Well, I should really come to an end here, because it seems like I don’t know where I am going with this here either. So today, to finish off this a bit random but truthful post, I would like to bring us all back into this once again. Because this is the Brookfield Lodge Society with all its members:

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Good night and sleep well.