Archive for June, 2007

Be here now.

Monday, June 4th, 2007

I had a caricature gig in Dumbleton at the weekend. The day was hot and sunny. The village was impossibly picturesque, and as I drove up the long and winding drive to the hotel, a cricket match was being played adjacent to the road, the white flannels of the cricketers picked out brilliantly against the glowing green of the sunlit grass. The hotel grounds were equally picturesque and as I stood and gazed from a high vantage point onto a spectacularly beautiful vista, adorned with purple flowers illuminated by the golden sunshine and shy wildlife furtively skirting past me, I realised that for the first time in my life I didn’t want to own the view.

Always, in the past, I would have wanted to paint it or photograph it so that I could selfishly take a part of it away with me.

Not this time. I looked and enjoyed but I did not covet. I understood that there was only the moment and any attempt to do anything but be in the moment was futile and illusory. The sense of invincible freedom that that knowledge gave me can only be appreciated by those who have experienced it for themselves.

I had put away childish things and had become a man.

On the road to Damascus. No, make that Capital city.

Friday, June 1st, 2007

It came to me in a flash of insight.

Currently jobs are advertised with their title first, then their salary. In the future, the order will be; job title, then ‘potential fulfilment = x%’, with salary way down the list. Potential fulfilment will represent what you always wanted to do with your life.

If you think about it, this is the natural order of things. If you are perfectly happy, how can any extra money make any difference to your life?

It’s like being so absorbed in your passion that time disappears for you. Then someone tries to temp you away from your passion by offering you an expensive watch. Duh?