Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Unwritten order of events

Model: Tori Lyon
Copyright: Katherine Burness

Learning to be grateful for all opportunities and to be patient during challenging experiences has relaxed me. I no longer try to accomplish things all at one time and try appreciate and enjoy the slow orderly process (meditative). When the process is the goal itself and the outcome is secondary, the process becomes completed flawlessly and the goal becomes accomplished with a greater quality; there is no need to rush things. One step after another, and then another leads you to perfection.

Personal lives can also be described in such a manner. Without the first step, there is no second. When jumping over several steps at a time, you are eventually urged to return to the ones that you have skipped; a building with no foundation is eventually going to fall apart. Polishing a technique, appreciating every step of the process and accomplishing things in an orderly way leads you to a fuller appreciation of the outcome and usually a better outcome on the second, third and fourth try, the trick is to focus and enjoy the process while knowing that the goal is eventually going to be reached. Making mistakes and learning from them is a part of it. Patience (and by extension of it, excellent results) are therefore not a virtue, but a matter of habit and extensive methodical practice and continuous troubleshooting.

Once again, I am grateful for the past and the future that comes as a logical continuation.

Without now, I would have no tomorrow.