Being a man is means getting to work?
But perhaps being a man is also an art?
The moment a viewer recognizes a painting as beautiful, it transforms from an object into a work of art. The act of looking, then, becomes a creative process, and the viewer becomes the artist. Rachel Corbett
Art is imagining.
Art happens when you view an image and invest yourself in imagining… in truly seeing the work for it’s beauty and responding with feeling, with wonder or with a desire to join in the act of creation. The object of art can be unlimited: a sunset, a smiling child, dancers or musicians, any act of human or Divine grace, or a thought that captures your mind.
Art and being a man
Being a man is not about doing work.
True, work is what we must each do. But being a man happens only when you do more than just work.
Being a man happens when you begin to see.
Being a man happens when you invest yourself in imagining… in truly seeing yourself for you who you are and for who you can be, and then responding authentically.
Seeing will transformation you
Seeing can transform: It can transform a piece of colored canvas into a painting, words on a page into a captivating story, coordinated sounds into a song that carries you, and clouds and sunlight into pure awe.
Seeing yourself for who you are will begin a transformation.
Seeing yourself: Your flaws. Your pains. Your cracks. Your hidden beauty and the art that you have within you.
Where you look determines what you will see
You can look at the sunrise or look at the effects of the sunrise. Or you can choose to look at your shadows. Where you look determines what you will see.
If you are like me, you suffer from the too-human ill of complexity. You make things more complicated than they need to be. Yes, being a man involves hard work. But it also means seeing and looking.
Today you need to do the work that is yours to do. But consider this.
Doing your work also means that you look in the right direction. You can look at the sunrise or it’s effects, or you can choose to look at your shadows. For where you look determines what you see. And when you see you become the artist.
Today, do more than just get to work. Take a moment to see.
In seeing, you become the art.
And remember: Photos may be captured, but the moments are created by seeing.
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