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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Work Ethics 101

Its usually a parting phrase. "Alright. See you later, don't work too hard." My new response is: "Yeah, don't work too soft!"You've figured out what your going to do of course. Now, that you all grown up. Things are starting to run together. Where you work. Who your with. What you do for fun. The people around you are learning helpful ways to support you. They start broadcasting good things to come.  The ideas are pouring out of both of you. You scramble to keep your balance pointing at the horizon. Say to yourself in the voice he said it in "Don't work too hard." It is suggested that the most universal human characteristic is laziness. Visualization is a technique that combines time, effort, and imagination which draw a map to your future. Foresight is unique to the human race. Use your gift if thats all you think it is. You are working your way towards something even if you don't like it or want to admit it. Be as honest as you know how to be with yourself. Finish the job you were put here to do. The small tasks that are building your mosaic. They are easy to identify because they are half done. Your best ideas that slipped way. They are the books that look too thick. The kids that look too tough. The dishes that look too dirty. The phone tag. The unopened box of paints. The rotting food in the fridge or the garbage. The argument you do not want to have. The rain that is stopping your free throws. The envelope you don't want to open or the letter you do not want to write. It will hurt too much to sit down and dig some moments out of your chest with a claw-hammer. This is not a life in which we are evaluated by our pain tolerance. Finish that degree.  Invent that thesis. Stare it down at three thirty in the morning. Wake up to your loved one walking in at an odd hour and greet them. Don't fake sleep it might lead to fake dream. Our job as artists is to convince others that they are also artists. It is kind of like our job as humans which is to remind others that we are human. Lets not be soft about that.

4 comments:

  1. Well said my friend. Life is worth living!

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  2. Well said. We don't think about these kind of things enough on a daily basis. I deposit your knowledge and evolve thereafter. P.S. Here's a toast to champions of the Earth.

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