Steal: Good, Bad, Ugly?
When we hear someone (anyone!) use this word ‘STEAL’, we automatically get a negative picture in our mind- right? I did… but the quote by Jim below changed my perspective…
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
― Jim Jarmusch
See what I just did? I stole Jim’s quote (yes, I gave him due credit) but nevertheless, I stole it and used it in my blog. I use quotes all the time. For me, they are a way to express, in a few words, what others might take pages to say and yet rarely succeed. I also steal images and write pieces around them. I steal moments– from my life- and then I think-feel & write.
I read the article yesterday, and it just got stuck in my mind. I agree with Geoffrey when he quotes, “When you’re unhappy, it’s because you’ve decided to be unhappy.”
He goes on to say “Happiness and unhappiness (in work and in life) result entirely from the rules in your head that you use to evaluate events. Those rules determine what’s worth focusing on, and how you react to what you focus on.”
As I was reading this article, all I kept thinking was- how true this was for happiness in general and not just work related happiness. It sure is all about RULES in life. If you think that something would make you unhappy, then it sure will. I am not saying that you shoudn’t expect or that you should keep on sacrificing on different fronts just to be happy. But all I am saying is- draw a line!
All you need to do is follow these simple steps: Understand yourself. Understand the things that make you unhappy. Tell your close-ones (or anyone else who is a stakeholder in that particular problem) about these things…. and if they still can’t understand, reason with them!
In the end, its all about Communication- with yourself and with others. If the channels for communication are used pro-actively…. things will definitely work-out… coz they always do!