So we are now on Day 2 of the Quote Challenge. In case you have missed my Pixie friend’s article on Day 2 you can read it here. With the theme I Know Nothing she will give you some wonderful food for thought once again. And remember to browse through her blog as any of her articles will brighten up your day.
I had kind of a hard time choosing the quotes for today as there are so many that inspires me, how on earth do you narrow it down? At the end of the day I decided on these three as it has to do with another subject I am fascinated with.
Day 2: Practice makes Perfect
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. And so training under his father began before 1890. Picasso achieved enormous success globally and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th Century Art.
‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ Long before I even knew about this quote from Picasso I had this theory that every single person is an artist. According to psychological studies a person who is ‘left-brained’ is more logical, analytical, and objective. A person who is ‘right-brained’ is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and creative. It is also known that the left side of your body is being controlled by your right brain hemisphere and vice versa. So in other words your left hand is controlled by your right brain hemisphere. Your right leg is being controlled by your left brain. When we are walking, is both sides not equally hard at work here? Which tells me that anyone can be ambidextrous.
It all boils down to practice makes perfect. Some of us have a passion for art, literacy, crafts and so on and so forth. Others love numbers and accountancy or even being the best public speaker of all times. It all takes practice to perfect. Each can be considered some way of art in its different form. But that’s just my theory.
Theodore Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist. He started as a journalist for the Chicago Globe newspaper and then the St Louis Globe Democrat. Dreiser’s best known novels include Sister Carrie(1900) and An American Tragedy(1925). In 1930 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
‘A Human can be great not only due to his Mind but also Feelings.’
What makes humans unique? We have feelings and emotions, a mind that can store memories and think and we have the freedom of choice whereas animals act on instinct. What is so wonderful about our minds it can store so much information. Not even the biggest computer in the world can store the equivalent amount. In history some of the most brilliant known minds was Einstein, Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and the list goes on.
Apart from that we also have our feelings and emotions, we are able to share a connection with our loved ones and colleagues, even have a special kind of love for our pets. We have the ability to share not only sympathy but also empathy, compassion. Combine the mind, feelings and emotions and our natural instincts and you get a unique personality that makes you the one and only YOU.
William James was an American philosopher and psychologist but also trained as a physician. James was one of the first leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is believed to be one of the most influential philosophers in the United States ever. Others would say he was the ‘American Father of Psychology’. One of his most famous works is The Principles of Psychology published in 1890 which took him TWELVE years to finish.
‘The deepest Craving of Human Nature is the Need to be Appreciated.’ This has touched me in so many ways. Some would say they long for success, love, money or whatever. If you think about it, those who wants to be successful, has the need to be seen as successful. Appreciated as successful. The ones longing for love, also has the need to feel appreciated by their loved ones.
Writers has a need for their literature to be appreciated. Painters has a need to feel appreciated for their creations. Business people needs a pat on the back for a job well done. Not only does this show appreciation, it motivates. Every child is happy exploring with art, when that child grows up, what makes them lose interest in art? Maybe the parents did not show enough appreciation.
And now, my nominees to keep the Quote Challenge alive is…
Firstly, Andria Perry. This sweet lady calls herself the small town woman, living the small town dream. She will give you the most delicious recipes, I have tried some myself and was not disappointed. DYI tips and much, much more. You can read more on her blog. A personal favorite of mine is her series of the progress she made this year with her New Year’s Resolutions.
Second up is a special lady LaJenna, we share a love for poetry. Many a times her poems has left me breathless. A few short lines with a phenomenal impact. What is special about every single one of them, she gives a reflection on the poem giving you an idea what was going through her mind while writing it.
And lastly, I would like to nominate my cousin, Simonné Robbertse. Although we haven’t seen each other in years, we always check in with each other. She has known the hard side of life but was able to rise above it. Now she share her life with her family of which you can read more about on her blog . Words cannot express the admiration I have for her.
I hope you have just as much fun as I do with this challenge.