Although our past is part of who we are and a reminder of things we have learned and we envision and plan for our future, it is in the moment that we live: creating our life, portraying who we are, living true to our Selves.
My first real understanding of this message came for a book (I can’t remember the name right now but will look it up) in which the author talked about the process of walking to the door to open it. What are you doing in the moment? Walking to the door? No, you are taking one step and then another; you are shifting your weight from one foot to another.
The process of living does not lie in the results but in the process. For wood-artists (those who “make” because they love it as opposed to those who “make” simply because it’s a job) it is the process that captivates them, taking them into “the zone” where it is them, the wood, and the tools in their hands.
This same enjoyment and connectedness with living can and should be transferred to everything one does in life—from eating, to talking to someone, to driving, to… anything and everything. This moment is all you have.
Photo of Recent Project
This piece is a “self-portrait”. The centre profile (“in the moment”) has been stained and the past and future (one piece) have an oil finish on it. This is resting on a piece of wood that is just being used as a background for the photo. In the future I made attach it permanently… perhaps.
Wood: some plywood material
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)