Helping People By Telling People We Are Helping People

The Interesting Problem I Came Across The company, shall we call them, Dogood, is very serious about greening their place and being eco-friendly. So they do what every person in America thinks is good–they create a recycling program. They pay extra to have the bins and the proper disposal. Unfortunately, every time they do, Dogood […]

Do not be Stationary

Do Not Be Stationary

Go I’m never sure what to say when someone asks the very simple question, “Where are you from?” My life has been quite mobile, so sometimes I will randomly choose a place I have lived. Sometimes I will change the subject. Most often I say, “oh, all over.” Usually the response to that is, “military […]

Motivation for Art and Life

Motivation for Art and Life

It’s Terrifying To require perfection is to invite paralysis. The pattern is predictable: as you see error in what you have done, you steer your work toward what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever more tightly to what you already know you can do – away from risk and exploration, and possibly […]

Artist's Valentine

The Artist Valentine

Art mimics life. When we see something, we see the action, the defining moment. The painting is a stop in time, even in abstract, to show the moment. Van Gogh, trying to show the everyday peasant’s life, showed the action of the peasant. The bend of a worker to the field, or the stop of […]

Living and Working with Passion

Living and Working with Passion

I’ve seen that quote from Steve Jobs last year. You know the one. It was blaring on twitter and pinterest posts when his book came out.“…the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work; and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Turns out, bullshit.

THE HORROR! I can hear the iLovers in my head: How can you say that Jessica? Steve Jobs can’t be wrong! Especially when it is so inspirational! But think about it for a moment. My generation (very much including myself here) has been running around like chickens with no heads trying to find what they love to do so that they can be not just millionaires, but crazy happy millionaires who love what they do every day. The truth is that for every inspirational Steve Jobs, there are thousands of workers trying to sell their art and failing to make that their livelihood, even though it’s what they love.

Tell Them How to Feel

Tell Them How to Feel

I’ve noticed in my social media interactions that if I post a link to something without any accompanying information, such as: “Ha, this is funny!”, “I agree/disagree”, “I thought ‘enter thought here’”, and so on, and so on, I get far fewer responses. It’s as if nobody knows what to think of your post unless you tell them what to think.

Does it make us a little queasy that the poster isn’t immediately telling us their motivations? Do you think (subconsciously?) “Why did you post this link if you don’t tell me how to feel about it?” Or perhaps, and far more likely, “Why did you post this if you don’t tell me how important it is to me?”

I’m going to be more aware in my own interactions, when someone shows something to me but doesn’t tell me what to think about it.