Life as the Ultimate Form of Art
If we define art as a form and quality of skills, abilities or technique that expresses and produces a useful, beautiful and desirable result in a given field, then life itself becomes the ultimate form of art to live it masterfully with joy.
The Art of True Romance
We all love the sun, but we also know that it can burn. We want love
and romance, but baffled when we become disillusioned.
So what is the secret and where is the missing link?
What Art Has to Do With Life?
While some people may disagree, life itself is a form of art; thus, similar rules and criteria apply in creating both. When we look at a piece of art, the first thing that strikes our senses is the dominating color. Then we become aware of the style of the art itself, and the third is the execution and the technical expertise in creating it. But regardless of the last two criteria, the first instantaneous impression of the art dominates our senses, which affects the degree of joy and pleasure we feel towards the art and the purchasing decisions we make.
Illusion vs. Reality of Love
In our relationships, generally, our instantaneous reaction to a potential partner is also through the eyes by noticing the physical appearance; and very secondary to this is the nonphysical attributes such as personality, achievements, material possessions, etc. The stronger our reaction is toward the physical and material attributes, the stronger that imagined cliché: “Love at first sight!”
Before we get to know the person hardly at all, we quickly begin to “create” an “interpretation” of them in our imagination along with assignment of all sorts of values and expectations and willingness to make a number of “sacrifices” in order to have and keep what we “believe” to be the ONE in the name of LOVE and ROMANCE.
The Magic Pill of Admiration
Love in this context is very much blended with lust, physical attributes, and gratifications – a superficial duality with hate that can quickly change place without warning, leading to pain, sorrow, and bitterness. But here is the magic pill. The actual anatomy of a lasting “true love” is sympathy (relating harmoniously to someone else) and admiration. No matter who we are, first and foremost, we need to explore and fully understand ourselves before looking to enhance and complement our lives through a compatible partnership with someone else. Without fully understanding ourselves, we are dealing with a hidden confusion about who we are, what we want, and where we are heading in terms of our goals and aspirations while hoping to find the ONE that will make us happy and complete. And in some cases looking for that perfect partner that will make up for all our past mistakes.
What Do We Admire About Ourselves?
But most importantly, we must explore and think about what we genuinely admire in ourselves that can be a compatible attribute to share with someone else. When we are very well aware that the best quality admiration is the one we give ourselves, it is only through that level of clarity and refinement that we can honestly notice and admire the intellectual and spiritual attributes of others and discover true compatibility.
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