Inspiration arrives on quiet wings from so many miraculous (as in God orchestrated) connections. As I was coming home tonight after taking everyone out for sushi and sashimi, Seth Godin was being interviewed on an NPR program. Seth Godin just happens to be one of my motivators and speaks truth to my soul. He was speaking of the transformation of the role of artist from that of a lofty spot to the role of the artist in every one. I fully believe that we humans are called to notice the details of life so that we can conceive of new ways to live and create beauty in our world. He talked about the concept of success and how it is changing from being measured in units sold or profit earned to being conceptualized by how an artist (which is anyone of us) makes a unique and positive impact on those he comes in contact with. Success being not about quantity, but about quality. What is the quality of good that we bring to the world? What is the quality of integrity in our lives or work that has an impact for good on another. Isn't art that one positive word said to another that inspires change or growth in that person's life? Good art has always been considered to be memorable. How memorable would it be if we listened attentively to "the other" and were able to say that one word that freed her to create her life anew.
That's what my secret designer did for me this week. I'm pretty sure that he is not aware of his positive impact. He is a creative being and I think that he is unconsciously extending his artist's hand into other areas of creation, leaving his ego behind in the process.
Truly great art does involve a loss of ego: for it is only by loosing our false pride can true creation result.
Fortunately Jones doesn't have an arrogant bone in his body--but he knows he's handsome.
Mary & Jones (& Cole)