Posts Tagged ‘Presence’

148- Work and Presence

One of my favorite quotes by Chuck Close states that “#Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get down and #work .”

It comes from the understanding that Inspiration is often a byproduct of work itself and not the other way around.

But what happens when routine work gets in the way of inspired work? Is distracted work time well spent? What about work, just for the sake of work, so that we can say we did the work?

All work is not made equal.

And while I agree that most of the work is just about showing up, the part that makes the work, work – is Presence.

If #Presence is hard to come by, it might be worth asking ourselves: What else is present for me right now, and go to work on that instead.

112- Revisiting the script of our past

I recently encountered someone new.

When I asked him to tell me his story, rather than speed through a pre-programmed script, he took his time to slowly unravel it as if he were discovering it for the first time.

I wanted to know why. Didn’t he already know his story by heart?

He told me that he uses every new recount as an opportunity to revisit every pivotal moment in his narrative, feel into it, and see if that #story was still serving him.

If our perception of the past has the power to affect our present-day beliefs, maybe it’s a good idea not to get married to a script that no longer serves us.

ht: Navin Ramachandran