Mar 16

The Master In The Art Of Living

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

― L.P. Jacks

Mar 10

Perspective-What I learned from lighting birthday candles

Perspective matters.  When you live in a two-dimensional-world, perspective matters even more.

Perspective helps me tell how far I am from other cars, where a hand is that I’m about to shake, when I’m close enough to the drive-up ATM. it even helps me determine the lengths that I need to go to in order to achieve a specific task.

It didn’t help me when I was trying to light the candles on Grant’s birthday cake.  He turned 19 last week. Knowing him a year ago has given me the perspective to see what a man he has become.  It’s awesome!  As I leaned over the cake with the “butane torch” and went to light the first candle, I was questioned.  “Brian, what are you doing?”  To them, and judging by the frosting on the torch, I was apparently trying to light the icing.  Well, that wasn’t my intention.  I quickly lost the torch-duty and the candles were lit by someone more capable.

Perspective is easy when we’re comparing pebbles to boulders.  It’s not as easy when we compare frosting to candles.

To become better at keeping these things in their proper place it takes practice and reflection. More than ninety percent of the people in the world just live without ever really reflecting.

When does perspective not matter?  In the dark.  This is where the majority of people live.  That’s another reason to seek light.  How do you do that?

Don’t be part of the ninety-some percent.  If you want to know how I do it, just ask me.  I’d be happy to tell you.