Pride

On a news’ show this morning I heard a quote from C.S. Lewis about pride—”Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” That seems to me a one-dimensional definition of pride. I think people who enjoy their work take pride in it. They take pride in doing their job well. Not in comparison to other people, but in comparison to themselves. I take pride in my writing and in my artwork. I like comparing it to the work I did a year ago, or two years ago, and seeing the improvement. I like seeing things turn out the way I had envisioned them. I take pride in doing the best work I am capable of at that particular moment. The problem with pride comes when it turns into bragging. But I don’t think pride necessarily equals bragging. Pride is a good thing. It’s what keeps us striving to do better. We want to be proud of the work we present to the world. If pride was a negative influence, then what kind of work would people...

A Moment of Zen

I saw this lovely slide show and it gave me a much needed break from my crazy, crammed work schedule and frenzied holiday rush shopping marathon (and let’s not forget to throw in the house decorating and tree adornment). I was stunned by the beauty of the shapes Michael Grab created. The mechanics of it are astounding. After watching a video of him working on one of his sculptures, I still don’t understand how he manages it. What makes this art, though, as opposed to just a neat trick are the wonderful, imaginative structures and shapes he creates. I’m filled with awe, amusement, and serenity looking at his work. Like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I’d like to add the slide show to my blog but since I saw it on Huffington Post I’m not sure if there are any copyright issues. Instead, I’ll post a link to their site so you can see the show for yourself. http://tinyurl.com/cfb9o9d. It you want a moment of ethereal peace and beauty, take a moment to watch it. Then go look at his...

A Moment of Zen

I saw this lovely slide show and it gave me a much needed break from my crazy, crammed work schedule and frenzied holiday rush shopping marathon (and let’s not forget to throw in the house decorating and tree adornment). I was stunned by the beauty of the shapes Michael Grab created. The mechanics of it are astounding. After watching a video of him working on one of his sculptures, I still don’t understand how he manages it. What makes this art, though, as opposed to just a neat trick are the wonderful, imaginative structures and shapes he creates. I’m filled with awe, amusement, and serenity looking at his work. Like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I’d like to add the slide show to my blog but since I saw it on Huffington Post I’m not sure if there are any copyright issues. Instead, I’ll post a link to their site so you can see the show for yourself. http://tinyurl.com/cfb9o9d. It you want a moment of ethereal peace and beauty, take a moment to watch it. Then go look at his...

It Takes a Group to Enjoy a Story

I can hear you saying, of course it doesn’t. Reading books is usually a solitary experience, unless you’re reading bedtime stories to your kids. I enjoy the books I read on my own, however, I think my experience is enhanced when I can then discuss the book with someone else. It heightens the pleasure to share the details, to compare what parts you liked the best, what you didn’t like, and whether (or at what point) you guessed what was going to happen. It lets you relive what you enjoyed. This was brought home to me when I watched a couple of movies Saturday night with some friends. Even though we had all seen the movies before, it was fun to see them again and talk about what we liked about them—to remember parts we had forgotten and to hear lines we had missed before. Good stories always give you more each time you read, or watch them. There are new discoveries to be made. And enjoyment shared is...