When I visited the de Young, there was a special exhibit of an artist that lived in California for years, Richard Diebenkorn. I wasn’t familiar with his name, but felt I’d seen his work in various places, so it was on my “must-see” list. I was so glad that I did!
One of my favorite things about this exhibit were the quotes, a personal set of directions, a mantra or a top ten list that the museum plastered on the wall before entering the exhibit. Each one spoke to me in a way that was so profound, I ran to the gift shop to grab postcards and write them down! (Funnily enough, I was not the only one standing there doing this.) I think he meant these to apply to art specifically– but they are so broad, they can apply to many aspects of life.
Just when I get down on the mistakes we’ve made I think about this quote. They may not be able to be removed from the timeline of my life, but these mistakes have catapulted me into completely different places in life I may not have intended. Frequently, they have had wonderful or positive outcomes.
I try to remember this when we feel like we are on a slippery-slope with our finances. I also try to remember this when I need to make a hard decision, or when the I’m feeling fear on a topic and am unable to make a move. No matter what the move is, making it will propel me forward, moving me from my present position so that something else can be gained or lost.
It is called living.