A year of work in progress – day 60 (Arts)

Day 60 – 1 April 2014

Over the next month my blogs are going to be slightly different as I’m having a go at the A to Z Blogging Challenge. There are 26 days in April excluding Sunday’s (we’re allowed those days off) and the idea is that each day is sponsored, in a Sesame Street way, by a different letter. I’m number 422 on the list of entrants and the last time I looked there were nearly 1700 entrants.

Today is about A. This is a blog about my year at work and so I could have picked something more obviously work related such as agile or applications or even accountability but I am going to start with the Arts.

If I have one regret in life it is that I did not come to the Arts sooner. When I was young I could see no reason for their existence with the possible exception of pop music. My life was filled with science and logic. The education system had failed me. I managed to make my way through seventeen years of formal learning and pop out of the end without a soul.

When people look back on an ancient society it is their art that they remember, the sculpture, the painting, the music and the dance. A society without art is just a collection of people. It is our art, our ability to express ourselves that sets us apart.

I came to literature in my twenties, the theatre in my thirties and ballet in my forties. I’ve still got opera to go.

I admire those who can create, those who can tell a story through other mediums, those who can find another perspective. I want to create, not to be remembered, not to leave a legacy but rather from an inner desire to see something develop from my talents. For me it won’t be from a pen or a brush or a chisel. I’ll not give dance a second thought as I’m not built for grace.

Instead I have to create relationships, organisations, management teams, thoughts and ideas. These won’t last the test of time. They won’t be dug up in years to come. They will fade and whither but I will know, in my mind at least, that they existed and that I had had a hand in their creation.

There is art and beauty in everything that we do.

Number eight of my ten things I’m going to achieve this year is to collaborate with another authority. Today I spent the whole day with a colleague in another council learning his lessons and sharing our experiences.

Learning points for today: Good comes out of disaster but only if you grasp the opportunity; when the sun finally comes out the world seems better and; simple ideas are often the best

Today’s enjoyment rating 8/10 – still some hangover from yesterday.

4 thoughts on “A year of work in progress – day 60 (Arts)

  1. Hi Phil,

    I simply loved your post. Its so simple and honest. I totally agree with you, as for me too, formal education has killed my creativity. Still i have left some, i guess.

    Looking forward for your other posts.

    We are at #402 in A to Z Challenge. Visit my personal blog as i write on motherhood experiences.

    Shweta alias Deaf Mamma

  2. Hi, Phil…Well, I’ve reached the ripe old age of almost 81 and have been a creative person my whole life. Something inner craves the joy of creating. I write stories, I paint, I quilt. I’ve gone through “creative phases” all my life. Nothing brings more satisfaction. best regards to you. Ruby

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