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I just read a great article that while it isn't about Robert Carlyle, it reminded me of him a lot. I liked this article because it speaks to what so fascinates me about Robert carlyle--the way everyone who meets him, whether it's people who knew him in Maryhill, or famous costars, or fans who bump into him on the street--gush about what an amazing guy he is. He is universally loved and he somehow always blows people away with how much of a gentleman he is. I was lucky enough to finally get a chance to follow him around a bit at Whistler without being observed myself, which I would write up but every time I try to mentally compose anything it falls too far short. Anyway, the reason I'm so obsessed (or ok, ONE of the reasons!) is what this NYT writer describes below:

SundayReview | Op-Ed Columnist The Moral Bucket List APRIL 11, 2015/The New York Times

"ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character.

A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. I realized that if I wanted to do that I was going to have to work harder to save my own soul. I was going to have to have the sort of moral adventures that produce that kind of goodness. I was going to have to be better at balancing my life...

But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity. You grade yourself on a forgiving curve. You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet.

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So a few years ago I set out to discover how those deeply good people got that way. I didn’t know if I could follow their road to character (I’m a pundit, more or less paid to appear smarter and better than I really am). But I at least wanted to know what the road looked like.

I came to the conclusion that wonderful people are made, not born — that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments.

If we wanted to be gimmicky, we could say these accomplishments amounted to a moral bucket list...

THE CONSCIENCE LEAP In most lives there’s a moment when people strip away all the branding and status symbols, all the prestige that goes with having gone to a certain school or been born into a certain family. They leap out beyond the utilitarian logic and crash through the barriers of their fears.

The novelist George Eliot (her real name was Mary Ann Evans) was a mess as a young woman, emotionally needy, falling for every man she met and being rejected. Finally, in her mid-30s she met a guy named George Lewes. Lewes was estranged from his wife, but legally he was married. If Eliot went with Lewes she would be labeled an adulterer by society. She’d lose her friends, be cut off by her family. It took her a week to decide, but she went with Lewes. “Light and easily broken ties are what I neither desire theoretically nor could live for practically. Women who are satisfied with such ties do not act as I have done,” she wrote.

She chose well. Her character stabilized. Her capacity for empathetic understanding expanded. She lived in a state of steady, devoted love with Lewes, the kind of second love that comes after a person is older, scarred a bit and enmeshed in responsibilities. He served her and helped her become one of the greatest novelists of any age. Together they turned neediness into constancy.

Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?

Their lives often follow a pattern of defeat, recognition, redemption...pain and suffering. But they turn those moments into occasions of radical self-understanding — by keeping a journal or making art.

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"...This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance. But the stumbler faces her imperfect nature with unvarnished honesty, with the opposite of squeamishness. Recognizing her limitations, the stumbler at least has a serious foe to overcome and transcend. The stumbler has an outstretched arm, ready to receive and offer assistance...stumblers occasionally experience moments of joy. There’s joy in freely chosen obedience to organizations, ideas and people. There’s joy in mutual stumbling. There’s an aesthetic joy we feel when we see morally good action, when we run across someone who is quiet and humble and good, when we see that however old we are, there’s lots to do ahead.

http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/Multiproduct/lp8QH64.html?articleId=7&WT.mc_id=2016-CPLTEST-FB-MC4-7

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liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Blonde Belle)
Things that were sublimely wonderful about last night’s OUaT, Ep 4x19 (Gifs ganked from tumblr, not mine)

Read more... )
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Lacey Blue)
Spoilery Gifs (also, swoon warning) )
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Rumbelle dance)
http://midstorm.tumblr.com/post/100460444196/my-favorite-three-seconds-of-the-episode-oh

I'm beyond caring caring about anything except how utterly and completely Robert Carlyle STOLE this whole show tonight.
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Docks Rumbelle Happy)
And now he's dancing you guys! Apologies to [livejournal.com profile] just_ustas for stealing these pics but they make me so happy I need them on my LJ ♥

Maybe it was making/directing/producing Barney that gave him some balance back? I dunno, I just love that Robert Carlyle is having fun with OUaT filming again in a way that hasn't been as evident as it was since he was the imp in S1. Look, he even has Rumple!flourish!hands!
Very slight filming spoilers )
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Docks Rumbelle Happy)
Oh gosh you guys...I needed this today! I was just agreeing with a friend on here about fangirling being an antidote to depression and hoo boy this was like manna from heaven.

So so SOOO cute! The new LJ format isn't displaying the cut text, so click below if you don't mind seeing OUaT set pic spoilers from filming today.

Set pic spoilers from filming today )
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Blonde Belle)
I was just chatting with a new Rumbelle friend about the different OUaT actors, and I got to thinking about something Robert Carlyle once said when comparing the difference between US actors and UK actors--he said in the UK actors are expected to bring something to filming other than just having learned their lines. UK actors generally expect to have more of a defined idea of their character, and how the scenes will play out, whereas in the US, actors are more of a blank slate and expect the director and show runner will tell them how to play it.

That's probably an over-generalization, and not meant as a judgment that one way is better than the other. (Also, it's paraphrased from my awful memory, so hopefully I didn't get that backwards or am otherwise horribly misquoting my beloved RC!)
Cut for mild spoilers thru aired eps of OUaT season 3b )

Underdog

Dec. 19th, 2013 12:20 pm
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (End all Wars Jungle Belle Anyelle)
https://twitter.com/robertcarlyle_/status/381870350302068736 "After i finish in make up and costume i always play Underdog by Kasabian"

I love fangirling, without it I would never find new music ♥
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Rumbelle)
No matter WHAT was so interesting that the rest of the world was entranced, if Robert Carlyle was there, this would SO be me:

Very mild spoilery pic for (presumably) upcoming OUaT eps )
And I would so have an expression of daft adoration on my face not unlike EdR's!
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Rumbelle)
From TwistandShoot on twitter...just passing time til itunes gets OUaT!

youngbobby
liliannabelle: by ultra_fic (Fairy Belle)
I’m not invested one way or the other in who vision!Belle turns out to be, I see potential awesome RumBelle feels in all outcomes :D but my brain wants to speculate anyway (probably to avoid all the stressful things I should be thinking about in the real world!)

Spoilers for Ep3x2 Lost Girl, under the cut )

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