375. July 30th…Want to paint an Annunciation or Visitation….or Paint success in your life…where do you think paint by numbers came from????

“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition” – Jose Bergamin

the” Annunciation” in Christianity…is the event when the angel Gabriel visits Mary and announces to her…she will be the Theotokos …the one bearing God…even though she is a virgin…….the next step of the “incredible journey” is the “Visitation“…Mary travels to Galilee…to tell Elizabeth…of her miraculous news…..who too is pregnant with another big player coincidently John the Baptist…artists have depicted these two events in countless examples of what they thought the event may have looked like….many patrons have even gone as far as including their images into the paintings infering they were there at the inception of Christianity…no pun intended….

here is an example of the Annunciation:

this particular painting has all of the cannons that makes it an “Annunciation”…the 2 key players….Gabriel….Mary… she is always represented by blue…whether it’s pillows…robes…head scarf…the centralized white flowers…….highlighted womb and in the top left…just above  Gabriel’s wings…is the mini Jesus…making his descent to the virgin….the odd part of this painting is the decor…typically Dutch…..I’m not a theologian but I think there is a geographic error here…..

Now the Visitation:

Again essential cannons that insure this is a Visitation….key players…Mary in red with dark blue robe…Elizabeth….an older mother….to be….the embrace….and the old guy on the right…believe it or not probably……Joseph…..

these paintings were repeated so many times for a variety of reason….the main one was to be convincing…to confirm to those that could only identify….what was considerd…..”Absolute Truth”…via imagery….the vast majority of people were iliterate…had no clue about the written word…and relied on priests…the church….and above all the imagery to fortify what they believed to be the truth…they really didn’t have to try….they just were…

my point of showing these paintings and identifiable cannons is simple…..they helped created  and installed success…these types of paintings are readily recognizable even to an untrained eye as they have common consistent elements that have never changed…..and are always followed to create successful imagery….

Lately I’ve been addressing my failures past and present….what I think has caused them….what can I do to make it different so I see more success than failure…….I’ve been noticing people lately ….announcing grandiose intentions that realistically will fall to the side as have most grandiose intention…but this time things will be different….right…..and why will they be different…maybe it’s the lucky red shirt you’re wearing…or this time you “really do mean it”…..or maybe it’s never been your fault…something has always obstructed your path…something you had nothing to do with….and now you step more gingerly…. soft on the dry branches of the path forward…..failure probably eminant….because nothing has changed  the approach is still the same….yet for some reason….the outcome seems like it’s going to be different this time……failure is a habit like anything…change the habit…change the result….yet failing to see there is a cannon not being address in a sense…makes the imagery questionable…something that has to be explained….repeatedly …..

there is a science that studies failure and then there is the spiritual nature of failure…and suprisingly they are not very seperated….in thought….failure happens because….of many reasons that like a one’s health are all related…..interconnected…reliant upon the other….

People fail because:

People are lazy Many people who fail talk about how important something is to them…that you just can’t live without it…if that were true…you would have it…or it would be an activity that was in your life consistently and right at the forefront…not something you have to continually remind yourself of it’s importance..if what you think you love doing is not what you’re doing all of the time…one of three things….exists…you’re not telling yourself the truth…. you’re lazy…or maybe what you love doing  and you just haven’t run into each other yet…..

Fail at Being Persistence failure happens because there is no committment to being persistent…….and often that may take years to see results….Read Malcomb Gladwell…”The Outliers”

Have No Real Conviction conviction is defined as, “a fixed or firm belief.”…..people who fail are not convicted to themselves or what they know they are capable of….or what they want to go get…..

Replace Truth with Excuses rather than admitting…the reason they don’t do something….more often…those that fail…use a variety of excuses to make sure they  have  little responsibility for why things didn’t work out….and use excuses as the reason for their inability to complete  goals….

Repeat Mistakes Those who fail often repeat the same process over that led to the failure in the first place…trying to do something the same way and expecting different results is…insanity…putting aside the “Right” mentality…is often the place to start…..and understanding there are many methods to achieving what you want…your’s might not be the best method….

No Discipline Failures in many cases began the moment the idea was embarked upon….not because it wasn’t a great idea…you just lacked the discipline necessary to pursue it…..if you’re not sure…..about discipline…..try doing something out of your box for 20 minutes everyday…for a month…and see how your discipline is…..no excuses…no exceptions….the day you stop doing it…..start all over….

Attitude – Attitude often is a great predictor of outcome…..I have seen a few of my karate students fail in a tournament because they failed before they stepped into the ring…while others succeeded…because of attitude….I have one student recently diagnosed with childhood arthritis…who regardless of the diagnosis….has a winning successful attitude…and will have an advantage throughout his life because of  his attitude….attitude is crucial…believe what you want it will be true…..

just as the cannons for the Annunciation and Visitation are readily recognizable…so too are the tenants for attaining success….and mimimizing failure….those who do succeed follow a strict set of cannons that …ensure success is a greater possibility than not…

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