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The art of life

For writers and authors, life is the story
You write because you must and not for the glory
For painters and illustrators, life is the art
Of revealing the reality of which you’re a part
For designers, life is working with forms
Pushing the envelope, defying the norms
This is how it must be, you know it is true
This is your life, this is what you must do

For makers of shapes, life is about touching grace
And revealing beauty where before was just space
For the athlete, life is the competition you stage
Between you and yourself regardless of age
For salespeople life is resolving the needs
Of buyers with solutions that delight and exceed
This is how it must be, you know it is true
This is your life, this is what you must do

For those who’re in business, life is the art
Of creating distinctions, setting your work apart
For healers, life is channeling a force
That restores a connection back to the Source
For musicians, life is manifesting the sublime
In a frenetic world preoccupied with time
This is how it must be, you know it is true
This is your life, this is what you must do

For teachers, life is providing experiences
That provide opportunities for learning about differences
For dancers, your are always comes out in the moves
You make when you know you have nothing to prove
For leaders, the pinnacle is simply to serve
By going first without permission or reserve
This is how it must be, you know it is true
This is your life, this is what you must do

For actors, your life is playing each part
By letting the world look directly into your heart
For parents, life is preparing your child
For taking on a world that seems hostile and wild
For lovers, life is affection that burns
With the choice to give without need for return
This is how it must be, you know it is true
This is your life, this is what you must do

Art, and therefore life, is never really done
In both, seeing what’s next is part of the fun
If life isn’t an adventure in which you feel you belong
There’s a chance that you have your priorities wrong
You master the basics, you practice each day
You make every mistake to be made on the way
But you keep on going because you know you must
It’s something you can’t question, you just have to trust

Life has more meaning when you practice your art
When you know the satisfaction of following your heart
When you don’t give a damn what other people say
You know how it feels to stare fear in the face
You know you’re an artist if what you must do
Is what you are doing, and you know it is true
It’s your path through this life, you’d rather do it than eat
Everything else must take a backseat

You know you’re an artist when you go to the edge
Though it isn’t because of something someone else may allege
It’s simply something you know you must do
If you are ever going to be true to you
We are all artists, we are creating life
Trying to bring order from uncertainty and strife
Art can’t be described with statistics or charts
Except perhaps that it is at least ninety percent heart

SR

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‘Live the story you want to tell.’

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