The Art of Connection
The Art of Connection
The future belongs to the artist. That is the point of Seth Godin’s fabulous new book The Icarus Deception. According to Godin, the industrial revolution is dead. Forever. And what we don’t realize is how much we’ve been brainwashed into believing the carefully crafted message for the past 150 years. What will take it’s place? The artists. The thinkers. The creators. And most of all – the connectors. That includes you and me. As long as we are not afraid to experiment. Take chances. Don’t get too comfortable. Security is no longer the 9 to 5 job working for the big corporation, and getting a nice shiny gold watch for retirement. Those days are gone forever. The artist with her art for creating and connecting is the future. How do we do this art?
“The independent creation of art doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t win the art lottery and get picked and suddenly find all doors open and receptive to your vision and generosity and talent. No, the commitment to art is the return of an ancient habit, one that was relentlessly extinguished for a long time.”
What Godin is saying is that it will take time to hone your craft. To become a fabulous artist. To be the best unique creator of your art that you can be. And it will take work to connect and get known for your unique contribution. But once you do? Bliss! The pure sweet taste of self actualized work that helps society and makes you a whole happy unique human being.
“We can’t suddenly quit a job and then race to find a form of art that will pay off before the net mortgage payment is due. Creating art is a habit, one that we practice daily or hourly until we get good at it.”
To be honest, that is what Zen of Water is about. I wanted to practice the art of telling a story. Of creating uplifting content (or at least composing Rumi works and and Vimeo videos) in such a way that would inspire you. Uplift you. Get you jazzed about the possibilities of your life. And most of all, to connect with you. I have spent months creating a habit of art making and connecting to be of value to you. And I watch the numbers very carefully. I track the number of “likes”. I watch how long you stay on a page. I get to know what content you like and I try to give you more. And make it better each time you come back.
“Art isn’t about the rush of victory that comes from being picked. Nor does it involve compliance. Art in the postindustrial age is a lifelong habit, a step wise process that incrementally allows us to create even more art.”
What we want to do in the postindustrial age is become useful to our tribes. To be more enlightened. Helpful to others. To create value from the art that comes from our soul. To be masters at being ourselves and take our own unique and beautiful song to all time high levels. We want to practice our craft as artists. Our goal should be to become the Olympiads of our own unique art. Whatever that is. Realize that your are perfect, just the way you are. And make perfect “you” creations.
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
So the big question to me is “How do we connect?” Really connect. True connection. Deep touching and sharing from our hearts. How to be helpful, human and kind to others. To our friends. To our tribe. Connection needs the investment of the heart. Godin calls it “emotional labor”.
“If you want access to my attention, my gratitude, and my soul, you will earn it with your emotional labor. The last economy was built on the non-scalable hard work of physical labor … this economy is built on art, the art that is created by emotional labor, by bringing risk and joy and fear and love to the table.”
Here is to risk and joy and fear and love! I love making this blog. I love the art of creation. And most of all I love connecting with you. If you have ANY ideas of all about how you might want to connect. To do a joint venture. To create art together. Please contact me through comments on this blog, by Facebook message, or my email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. With gratitude, the act of creation, and the art of connecting honestly and truthfully to each others souls.
~ Andrew Di Genova
One night a man was crying,
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
“So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?”
The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.
He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
“Why did you stop praising?”
“Because I’ve never heard anything back.”
“This longing you express is the return message.”
The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.
Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.
Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
that whining is the connection.
There are love-dogs
no one knows the names of
Give your life
to be one of them.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti
Michelangelowas an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in every field during his long life was prodigious; when the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is also taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. Two of his best-known works, the Pietà and David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. As an architect, Michelangelo pioneered the Mannerist style at the Laurentian Library. At 74 he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo transformed the plan, the western end being finished to Michelangelo’s design, the dome being completed after his death with some modification.