274. Aril 3rd…Nature…vs…Nurture…or is it Nature and Nurture vs….Godzira…….

Photo of me by Ren Adams 2008

“Be that self which one truly is”. – Soren Kierkegaard

I was thinking about what makes us who we are…there is the Nature vs Nurture argument…we are part what we are and part what we are made into….and all of that makes perfect sense…yet what makes us pursue a particular life…is it the fire for the object…or the familiarity of the object…already…something perhaps on a level of……..”Already Done”…that we have somehow experienced the feeling of what we want….to pursue…maybe just a small amount like a taste of something delicious….that somewhere along the way touched our tongues…and left just enough memory to keep everything moving in that direction over a lifetime…..

great people are great because they do the same thing over again many times….they may be great in an unknown sense…to the world…..but their greatness….appears on a smaller scale….that effect almost every person that ever enters their circle…I know a few people like this…and even better….I know a few people who in their life time will be like this….and I don’t think they are aware of it…..perhaps they are but I doubt it…..these are the type of people who continue doing…without thought or end result thinking….they will be doing what they do today…many years from now…yet the result will be refined….sharpened to a scalpel edge…..effortless…..everything trimmed away from a lifetime of the exercise…..I admire that more than almost anything else I can think of……

my task…is to follow the examples of the people I know….that burn the candles all night long…..that when I am resting….they are busy working on the “next project”….thinking the next experiements…..starting the first lines on the canvas….never really knowing where it is all going to end up….other than one of the many places they already know……

how or why we end up in our pursuits….is maybe not the issue….it is what happens while in pursuit…..where all of the necessary elements align to make the pursuit a gift…something that we as the recipient are able to return as a gift to those that walk into our circle…someday….

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