Of course it’s a difficult problem. All the easy ones are already solved. Difficult problems are precisely what we signed up for, right? […] Difficult problems are rarely solved immediately, and sometimes they’re not solved the way we might have imagined, but with effort, they often yield.*
What if we altered our value system so that the priority was place on soul-enhancing, skill building, self-sufficiency, exploration, mind-expanding tasks?**
We don’t find the life we want or believe we are made for by solving easy problems.
The worthwhile problems are probably those that require us not to use only words but also pictures:
Pictures and words together make a third thing.^
Just a thought. When we’re taking on the kind of problems that transform things, pictures help us to see things differently: stories are the closest things words can be before they become pictures.
Such pictures and images and illustrations can help us to keep moving against the things that prevail when words fail us.
Until we break through:
Kids don’t call it art when they’re throwing things around – they’re just doing stuff.^
We can all draw; don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Of course it’s a difficult problem.)
(**From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(^John Baldessari, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: A brief appreciation of John Baldessari.)