Like Unbaking a Pie
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. —AGNES DE MILLE
Chodron, Pema (2012-10-09). Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
This is so challenging. The basic premise is that you throw away “knowing,” and by knowing, the concept is more like “believing.” Here’s an easy example: Someone sees me on the street and how I dress and they might think I’m unemployed or quirky (Jacq says that’s not so, but it’s what I think). So, in that other person, there’s a belief about who I am and what I mean (or don’t mean) to them.
I do this. We all do this. We have beliefs about people, ourselves, everything and these beliefs are always limiting. The more I practice thinking about it, the more I realize that I need this.
I’m reworking a keynote right now. It was done. But when I did it yesterday, I could see all kinds of flaws. So, I’m at it again. But that’s like unbaking a pie. It doesn’t exactly work that way to me in the creative process.
Why? Because I’ve not yet learned to live with uncertainty. And though I have domain knowledge on what I’m talking about, I haven’t yet found the right kind of flow for every audience with this material.
So there. My #3bd is directly relating to my work.