Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calligraphy and Its Effects On Me...


 You have some large goal that you wish to achieve in your life time, something you feel that you are destined to create. If you reach that goal, it will bring you far greater satisfaction than the evanescent thrills that come from outside diversions. To get there you will have to learn a craft… educate yourself and develop the proper skills. All human activities involve a process of mastery. You must learn the various and procedures involved, proceeding to higher and higher levels of proficiency. This requires discipline and tenacity… the ability to withstand repetitive activity, slowness, and the anxiety that comes with such a challenge.
Once you start down this path, two things will happen: First, having the larger goal will lift your mind out of the moment and help you endure the hard work and drudgery. Second, as you become better at this task or craft, it becomes increasingly pleasurable. You see your improvement; you see connections and possibilities you hadn’t noticed before. Your mind becomes absorbed in mastering it further, and in this absorption you forget all your problems… fears for the future or peoples nasty games. But unlike the diversion that comes from outside sources, this one comes from within. You are developing a lifelong skill, the kind of mental discipline that will serve as the foundation for your success.
To make this work, you must choose a career or craft that excites you in some deep way. You are creating no dividing line between work and pleasure. Your pleasure comes in mastering the process itself, and in the mental immersion it requires.


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