Thursday, January 05, 2012

Finding One's Way

I just love this image. I took it years ago in Washington DC on the Mall in the winter. It has such a sense on mystery to it and expresses how I feel sometimes going thru life. I don't really have much to say other than I have been working tirelessly on my soon to be shown Mexican devotional pieces. It has been a labor of love with much revision and revamping.

I am in the middle of reading the Walter Isaacson’s bio of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It is an interesting read and one which stimulates much thought into how we see ourselves and our work. It is hard not to think about his obsession with perfection as I am creating these pieces that are all about imperfection!

Steve Jobs said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary"

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

"We all have a short period of time on this earth. We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well. None of us has any idea how long we’re gong to be here nor do I, but my feeling is I’ve got to accomplish a lot of these things while I’m young."

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.... Stay hungry. Stay foolish!" (Stanford University commencement address, June 2005)


Ellen Rennard said...

Fantastic image, Jane, and I love reading your blog. Thank you!

Jane Fulton Alt said...

thanks, ellen, for taking the time to read it!

YMM Positive Outcomes said...

I too love this image - it also reminds me of your burn series with the illusion of smoke

ScottDanielCook said...

It is a great shot!

Jane Fulton Alt said...

many thanks, YMM and Scott!