Happy Friendship Week

I ran into this beautiful quote from Andy Rooney and wanted to share it with you now that we’re celebrating friendship week:

I've learned... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!’ makes my day.

I've learned...That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned... That we should be glad GOD doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am

I've learned... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them. I've learned... That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I've learned... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned... That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.

I've learned... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned... That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life

I've learned... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I’ve learned... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!!
YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I AM HONORED!

–Andy Rooney

Kourosh Khajavi
City Hearts - Fresh Focus Charity Auction
Fresh Focus Logo

I had the pleasure of attending City Heart’s Fresh Focus Charity Photography auction as a contributor photographer on September 8, 2019.

Founded in 1984, City Hearts is Southern California’s preeminent Arts Education outreach program that transforms the lives of the most-at-risk children and youth in economically challenged neighborhoods through the highest quality Arts education. [The Charity is] dedicated to providing the highest quality Arts education and experiences to children in the most economically stressed neighborhoods of southern California, thereby enhancing self-esteem, creativity, literacy, social and academic skills while strengthening the health and vitality of the children and their community.

City of Angels

City of Angels by Kourosh Khajavi

My photo, City of Angels, a 20x20 print on Moab Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 (Mounted and Framed without glass) was auctioned during the event.

From the Fresh Focus Website:

Kourosh Khajavi considers himself a Global Citizen with a great love and respect for the world and humanity - regardless of gender, religion or race. He has lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles. Being part of the Leica community has inspired him to become a passionate photographer. Kourosh lives in gratitude for being a part of the amazing “Love Button Global Movement” that has created a space for him to meet and capture the lights of some amazing human beings such as Dr. Habib Sadeghi, Mr. Chris Martin, Javier Bardem, and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He loves capturing the essence of his daily life as a collection of photographs and documenting his life story for the generations to come in this way. Kourosh always carries at least one Leica camera with him, loves black and white photography, and his favorite lens is the Leica 50mm Noctilux.

The night brought together breathtaking pictures, wonderful people and many lovers of photography for a great cause. Some of the special guests included: Fresh Focus Honoree Nick UT, Special Guest MC Jeff Garlin, Curator Paris Chong and photographers Andrew Zappin, Herb Ritts, Glen Wexler, Douglas Kirkland and Neal Preston.

Please enjoy a some pictures of both the guests and the works that were auctioned below.

Kourosh Khajavi
Handmade: Leica M

Here’s a very insightful video on the creation of the Leica M Camera. This video also shows the Leica factory and what the camera building process looks like.

I love seeing how Leica really takes craftsmanship to the next level for each of their products. Every worker in the factory puts so much attention to detail–everything is hand made!

Please enjoy.

Dear Family, I came across this beautiful poem and thought of sharing it with you in hope of spreading the Love.

Eternal.

I’m here to share a secret;

I am not who I’ve always been,

The world that lies outstretched before me,

Is not the only one I’ve seen,

I’ve travelled on the tails of comets,

I’ve burned up in the hearts of stars,

I’ve been spat out of supernovas,

That left me scattered near and far,

I have dined in distant galaxies,

And taught the birds to sing,

I’ve danced for a whole lifetime,

Upon Saturn’s dusty rings,

I’ve been here for long enough,

To learn what makes the willow weep,

I’ve sung celestial lullabies,

That sent the moon to sleep,

I’ve been both the flowing water,

And the stone that blocks its way,

I’ve been frozen, I’ve been molten,

And I’ll be again someday,

Though I’ve been a billion things,

This is the first one that can smile,

I’m pieces of the universe,

Living as human for a while.

 

-Erin Hanson-

Kourosh Khajavi
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn

Beautiful text I'd love to share from our dearest mentor Dr. Habib Sadeghi on Instagram:

"Family, from a deeper place of humility caresharing what our beloved  @lbreggy posted today: “Every morning I start my day off by reading a page or 2 in a few inspirational books.

Today’s reading was “Within” by my dear friend, holistic doctor and spiritual teacher @drhabibsadeghi . I love what he wrote and wanted to share with you all for some #wenesday #humpday #motivation 🙌 “We learn half of what we need from our success and the other half from our failures. What we learn from our most recent failure only leads to the next success.

Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before he was successful in creating the light bulb. He would later say the he didn’t fail 1,000 times. Inventing the light bulb had 1,000 steps. Interesting perspective. Knowing what doesn’t work is just as important as knowing what does. Mistakes are good they point us in a whole new direction. How many walls will a mouse run into before he finally exits the maze? If it weren’t for the road blocks he would never have found the way out.

Perfectionism holds us back. It makes us apprehensive and afraid to take chances because it might not turn out the way we want it to. Ultimately, our life becomes stuck and we don’t move forward. A life lived in fear is a life half lived. The Rev. Robert Schiller said it best when he said, “Its better to do something imperfectly than nothing perfectly.” NBA superstar Michael Jordan also knew the perfection of being imperfect when he said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” 🙏