“Resolve to be tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant with the weak and wrong.
Sometime in your life,
you will have been all of these.”
~ Gautama Buddha
Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper
What a great Buddha quote this is! It would be a much better world if we could all remember and practice this sentiment. I know my tolerance level can be low at times. Especially if it involves a pet peeve or two. Sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to show me my bullheadedness, but once realized, the bruised derrière and ego are usually better off for the lesson. Both are quick to heal and I am a little more open-minded and understanding of other people's opinions and behaviors afterwards.
This month has sped by, even faster than usual. There are only five more days of the 4th 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! I must admit, this one was mostly a piece of cake for me, as I was well prepared and approached the tasks of painting and posting everyday with more of a factory/ assembly line state of mind. See my post on Art As A Factory here. Included in that post are John Cage's "Rules for Students and Teachers.":
1 Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
2 General duties of a student--pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
3 General duties of a teacher--pull everything out of your students.
4 Consider everything an experiment.
5 Be self-disciplined--this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
6 Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make.
7 The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
8 Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes.
9 Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.
10 Break rules. Even your own rules. Leave plenty of room for X quantities.
Congratulations to all the dedicated, hard working creatives who stepped up to the plate and accomplished the work of painting and posting everyday!