Reflection: This week, humility.
Uncertainty plagues all worthwhile pursuits; if we are to do our best work in the face of uncertainty, perhaps we must first hone our inner virtues as guidance. So here in these notes I reflect on various themes. This week, humility.
Perhaps it's true that some ideas can be expressed only in the post-modern abstract, but monuments are much more direct. Monuments endure—yes in form, but more importantly as a concrete image in our minds. This one above a gentle reminder, now sitting peacefully in a corner of your own mental stage, there for you when some unexpected curtain rises or falls, a distant million twitteryears from now.
"Never presume that just because you disagree with an idea that you must be correct." Neil deGrasse Tyson on the kind of humility that comes only with understanding a truly astronomical universe of possibilities.
(And Dangerdust's ongoing series of chalk paintings are humbling in themselves, beautiful. Take a look.)
"Right there is where I got my first parking ticket. Was sitting outside of my car, my hand in a girl’s hair. Wanted badly for her to be my girlfriend and was readying some kind of move. Barely started kissing and bloop bloop, Officer Edmonton of the county parks department pulled up, accused us of being on drugs, cited me for blocking…something. Was unclear. She took this as a sign that our love was not meant to be. But soon enough we did properly date and we lasted a couple of years. Then we hurt each other as restless people do, and we didn’t speak for lots of years.
Last year, her husband painted a portrait of the dog my wife and I own. I really like this painting. It hangs prominently in our living room. There are very nice things about growing up, and hushed forgivenesses are one of them."
As part of my own work to hone these virtues, the scarves I'm producing are made and worn with individuals in my life in mind—those who embody the virtues I value. I've started simply by telling their stories alongside each scarf. I'll be doing more, later. For now, simply consider how to make humility part of your own life. And find both scarves & virtues at www.alwayscomposure.com. My enduring thanks for taking a moment to do so. Hushed forgiveness otherwise.