I’m inspired today by graphic designer, Beeple’s “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” NFT that just sold for $69,346,250. All those little images are the work he did for a day. He committed to do a design every day so he could get better. He’s been doing it now for over a decade. Now he put this piece together, which is a pure compelation of the first 5000 days of “crap” (Beeple’s words) and sold it for $69MM (it’s digital art btw, not a physical piece).
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” – Rumi
Life is a faithful friend, sometimes experienced as dark and oppressing, that will continue to give what you have asked.
“With all the bad stuff that happens, how could I have asked for that?” one can ask.
The best solution I can come up with is that this thing called life is a small part of the totality of life. Life is beyond what we can reason, beyond what we can plan, beyond what we can hope, beyond what we can attain.
Human beings are in a cycle of being “human becomings”, as we are evolving and growing and shedding layers of identity and thought forms that no longer serve. We are right in the middle of a big shift. The twist is that we are becoming what we already are. The life we hope for is already within. The peace and happiness we hope to attain through physical, emotional and spiritual accomplishment is already available… just out of reach since we are unaware… so practically it is not ours.
So how do we find it?
Well, that is where Life comes in.
It brings us the lessons we need to become aware of those layers that are coving up the less distorted version of our being.
Practically this is our “everyday” work.
Life brings us friends and neutral events and we often experience fear, anger, frustration, shame, apathy, scarcity, etc.
Could all that life brings, even the bad stuff be inherently neutral? If so, why do we experience it badly sometimes?
It is because these neutral events are revealing what is inside us, past our reach because we are unaware.
So our “everyday” work is to forgive and accept and then lovingly serve life as it comes.
It will come in myriad different ways so you can’t pre-do your work. As the negative experience arises for you, forgive yourself and the other, accept it as it is, then do what seems the most loving thing to do.
that’s the way to make your $69MM work of art.
Forgive. Accept. Lovingly serve.
Simple. Not easy.