A mediocre, only nominally creative American once said, “Creativity is the essence of artistry; without it there is no life.” But sometimes it’s difficult to find the ‘X’ of inspiration on the imagination map, especially after a day in meetings having your soul sucked from your body like a hungry aardvark on a termite hill; those hours of buzzwords and boring rhetoric tend to stifle the creative broth boiling in the pot of life. But we cannot give up the fight to keep the creative juices flowing.
It is impossible to predict what might happen next in India. A seemingly normal day can quickly turn into a rush around town to correct an issue at the FRRO (foreigners registration office), a day on the mobile trying to get the internet working, or a mad dash to chase monkeys off your roof, as was the case this month in our community.
Important people said important things and we should take heed. But sometimes the original intention is lost through years of misinterpretation. Profound words by the world’s great—and sometimes not great—thinkers end up as misguided, partial-truisms, with little applicability to modern life. Here are seven quotes to help you through the work week as they were meant to be interpreted.
Artists try so very hard to be recognized for their work. Despite years of effort, they continue to struggle in a world that values bridges, profitability, and quality medical care over an abstract painting of my sister that looks like I accidentally spilled black tar on a pile of hay. Perhaps it’s time to follow these three simple rules, accept defeat, and leave the world with fewer artists.