all man can do is add his fragment to the whole*
But the task of all tasks is to transform what is insignificant into greatness, what is inconspicuous into radiance; to present a speck of dust in a way that shows it to be a part of the whole so that one cannot see it without also instantly seeing all of the stars and the heavens deep coherence to which it ultimately belongs.**
Rainer Maria Rilke
My contribution and yours
may only be small,
But the picture of life will be the smaller without them.
It will take some gritty spirit,
That’s for sure,
And it will take challenging and encouraging community,
But these are all part of what makes
a speck transcendent.
We have a choice:
Speckulate or not,
But, I for one
look forward to what you will bring.
Gritty people do more deliberate practice and experience more flow. … In other words, deliberate practice is for preparation, and flow is for performance.^
*Maria Popova’s The Marginalian blog: Drawing on Walls: An Illustrated Homage to Keith Haring, His Irrepressible Art of Hope, and His Beautiful Bond with Children;
**Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letter on Life;
^Angela Duckworth’s Grit.