RULES TO LIVE BY

“Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”  Albert Einstein

A number of entries ago (January 27) I told you my made up story about man who decided he couldn’t walk.  I hope it got you thinking.  Maybe you were thinking that I’d had too much coffee that day.  Maybe you were thinking I was on something.  Probably yes to number one.

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Because I’m in my seventies I’ve spent a lot of time looking around and asking a few questions.  I’ve come to some conclusions.  One of them is that most rules we live by only exist by agreement.  Then many of these agreements become beliefs.  There’s a belief about the correct way to set a table.  There’s a belief that people should eat three meals a day.  There are beliefs about the amount of education people should have.

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In an interesting book by Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception, I was led to question some of the ways that I think.  The book makes the argument that we’re taught to feel that we lack creativity.  “I’m not creative.  I can’t draw.  I can’t sing.”  Have you ever heard or said any of those statements.

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According to Godin today’s economy needs bodies who will be satisfied, and sometimes grateful, for mind numbing jobs in cubicles.  Before this, when the industrial revolution was in full swing, there was a need for bodies working mind-numbing jobs on assembly lines.  Not people who thought they were creative.

I remember seeing a travelogue where native women were singing and painting designs on the outside walls of their huts.  Everyone seemed to be having a good time.  There was no one sitting on the side saying, “I can’t help because I’m not an artist.”

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Like all of us, a work in progress!

But enough of this uplifting chatter.  Time to play.  Seriously!  You can do it!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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