Putting the final touches on the drawing “What She Said,” as I was testing the video setup. Luckily, this was when the personality emerged. I like the ambiguity of the noses and mouths. Where they are keeps changing as I look at it. The drawing also has this weird quality of being sad and hopeful at the same time. Maybe it’s because I sort of see several faces at the same time. One of them is even upside down, like an animal reaching down to feed on grass. This animal face that seems very innocent is only using the left side of the larger head shape and the left side of the eye, and I see the right side of its face, whereas for the larger more human face I see the left side. Ambiguous drawings seem to stay fresh longer.
It’s obvious that liking something on Facebook is a conscious act. And the post would not get liked, publicly at least, without that act.
However I think it’s less obvious that liking your life is a conscious act. Especially liking as many moments of it as possible. And it seems quite possible that you won’t like your life as much without those conscious acts of liking.
Of course more goes into enjoying your life than just consciously liking it. Things like sleep, exercise, diet, friendships, family, work, and community. The list could go on and on. But the act of consciously liking your life seems just as important as any of those other things. Maybe more so.
As you may know, one of my projects is Variety People. I just posted a short blurb there about the links between relaxation and productivity. You can post things about variety there too. It’s an open blog. Sort of an experiment!