I’m reading a section of Drawing the Line an essay by Michael Craig Martin on drawing which accompanied an exhibition of drawings selected by him for the South Bank Centre in 1995.

  A paragraph lept off the page… “The experience of selecting, organising and hanging this exhibition has been for me like making a work of art and I have thought of it as such. It is the result of the same mix of instinct, careful planning and fortuitous accident”.

 What a wonderful line…a mix of instinct, careful planning and fortuitous accident….this sparked off for me two other references to mindful acceptance of uncertainty…

 Firstly on Barry Zweibels’ excellent blog GottaGettaBlog http://ggci.com/wordpress/    I loved his  extract from Professor David Clutterbuck’s presentation on Virtual Coaching. the @ggci: #tcbcoaching – “if you know where the conversation is going, it’s not coaching!” – D. Clutterbuck

The other is a sequence in Yi Yi, (A One and a Two) a film by Edward Yang. The film looks at a few turbulent  weeks in the life of the Jian family. The husband and father NJ is a partner in a failing software company which just might save itself by teaming up with an innovative Japanese games designer called Ota.

 During one of their conversations they discuss this possible merger, Ota senses NJs’ partners’ anxiety and aversion to risk.

“Risk is high when you do anything for the first time, why are we afraid of the first time?

Every morning is new, everything in life is for the first time, we never live the same day twice but we’re never afraid of getting up in the morning…why?”

I look forward to where today’s conversations and their fortuitous accidents take me…..

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