Monday, 26 April 2010
Do You Have A Minute?
When you attend a conference or workshop the last thing is usually the filling out of what I call the happy sheets. Here you are invited to say what you thought of the speaker, the venue and the food. What the organisers do not really want is for you to tell them exactly what you thought of the event. So we have the happy sheets those who were not happy just did not return it.
A friend asks you what to you think of my new outfit? You think it is so wrong for her but find some nice little platitude, because you are really not being invited to tell the truth.
You were invited to a dinner and attended. At the end of the meal nobody ever expects you to say, “Well that was a boring conversation.”
How many of us know of those websites where artists post their work and they get a great many praises and those who would like to make a suggestion don’t say anything because we know that is not what it is about. I have to thank those blogger friends I have met on here that are happy to give and take some honest feedback.
There is the interesting tale of the student who went to the master and pleaded, “Master please tell me who I really am, I am lost and desperate to know my true self.” The master looked at him but said nothing. The student pleaded and begged but still the master made no response. The student got angry and in frustration turned to walk away.
At that point the master called him by name. The student said, “Yes,” as he turned. “There it is.” exclaimed the master.”
It is best to know yourself than seek to desire the praise of others. This is the way of the Tao.
I was overwhelmed by the comments and emails I received yesterday with constructive comments and active support. It humbles me that so many of you take the time.
This blog is linked to my other where I discuss the artwork:- The Beach