Saved by indifference

Cairn marking the peak of Bald Mountain, Adirondacks. Source: Wikipedia

Cairn marking the peak of Bald Mountain, Adirondacks. Source: Wikipedia

Call it indifference, or no expectations…you will be happy on your birthday if you accept whatever gifts appear, regardless the form they take…you will enjoy the film, the food, the wine more if you take it for what it is, without presumption. You will be happier if you expect less of a response to your art, your work, and do it instead for you, first and foremost.

Leave it like cairns for others as an offer for where you’re going and let them do what they will with it after you’re gone.

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William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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3 Responses to Saved by indifference

  1. TRUTH! generally in life, I’ve been happier with less, appreciated more those modest heartfelt gifts, unexpected gifts. Same with giving, there is MUCH more reward in RANDOM acts of kindness/or giving with no expectations INSTEAD of WORRYING myself sick on trying to outdo for Christmas, birthday, shower gift.. etc… Good POST. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  2. Have you read the Artist’s Paradox yet? Caring deeply for what it is created, yet recognizing it is all unimportant. Unattached to its outcome. Unattached to what people think. Unattached to it all. That’s when true, great work is created. Do it for you, first and foremost. Write it for you. Paint it for you. Bake it for you. With love. Nothing but. Do you remember the great quote I shared after I returned from my sabbatical? It has rung truth to this day, and may I never ever forget.
    “Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” ~Dr. Howard Thurman
    You know how I feel about the obligatory, conventional gift-giving occasions…dreadful. And way too conventional for my taste.
    You are approaching a tipping point. Keep going, my friend.

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