Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Graced with Light
For more photos and videos from the Graced with Light installation, explore the Grace Cathedral location page.
Commissioned in 2013 as Grace Cathedral’s artist in residence, Patterson strung nearly 32 kilometers (20 miles) of multicolored ribbons from the Cathedral’s vaulted ceilings. Illuminated from above and by light streaming in through the cathedral’s windows, the ribbons represent pathways of light carrying the prayers and dreams of visitors skyward.
Genius is 1% inspiration 99% perspiration.
My coworker lead our team through this writing exercise and here’s what I came up with:
Why do I? And why will I do it?
Why do I do what I do?
Keep coming back,
Step after step,
Face forward – moving?
Because I love myself and feel inextricably connected
to the hearts and minds around me,
bound and determined to heal and change and grow and express…
…whatever the cost.
Because there are no limits to what can be constructed.
Why will I move as far as this vast land can offer?
(short of submarine enclaves in the deepest Pacific.)
Because my body like my mind
has an unquenchable thirst to experience
the unknown, the other, the different.
Inward and outward, yin and yang;
I am an explorer, sailor and vagabond
Of consciousness and geography.
Have I? How will I get there?
Yes, and no.
Yes I have come to my why
insofar as its existence is a state of mind,
a commitment, a path I’m on and not getting off of.
Have I arrived? At a destination?
No. not yet.
I’m not finished walking yet.
There’s way too much more to see.
Slicing and hacking through
the jungle of talking heads and flashing lights
can be a full-time job – but its exciting and worthwhile.
And I’m not doing it alone.
I’ll get there by learning to be here – right now,
(And having a good soundtrack doesn’t hurt either.)
When my “why” is a state of being,
an attitude, a mindset – then my goals become less about achievement
and more about paying attention to what has meaning, value, significance.
Yearning, Yes to the journey.
What I have learned so far is that dreams matter.
I can go as far and as wide as my mind will,
Destiny has less to do with making things happen,
And more to do with allowing things to manifest
And getting out of the way.
The way to peace, to happiness, to joy,
To really living
Is the constant, thrilling, and unpredictable pursuit
Perfectionism has nothing to do with getting it right. It has nothing to do with fixing things. It has nothing to do with standards. Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop-an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck in the details of what you are writing or painting or making and to lose sight of the whole.
To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
To be nobody- but- yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight- and never stop fighting