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, written by Jeremy. Read the commentary.

I’ve been working, since the canoe trip this summer, to refine a few of the most important pieces I’ve written about on this site. These ideas are important to me as I seek to understand both my way forward and the way I see the people I advise. Most of these ideas came out of my work with small companies and entrepreneurs but the ideas have more relevance in my life that I would have guessed.

None of these ideas are new. All of them have been written about and held to by others. I’ve only glued them together in the way that they’ve built on each other in my life.

Peerless

“A gracefully executed work has no peer.” Si-Ma of the Song Dynasty (1019-1086). If we would touch peerless, how can we find grace?

Perfect for purpose

Grace is purpose perfected. It is the point of balance. It is the fulcrum of strength, intent, and beauty.

Wholemindedness

Touching the fulcrum and achieving grace is an act of wholemindedness. Without borders to define it, without alarms to cheer out when it is overrun – grace must be attended with the whole mind. Only an unfettered mind can discern wholeness and define art.

Intentional art

Of the ways we express ourselves, only art remains magical. Only the artist tunes out the world, turns off time, and submits wholly to the expression of purpose. Of this marvelous magic the most mysterious is that while its expression remains a deliberate and intentional act even the first brushstroke is art. Perfection blooms into existence at the moment the brush touches canvass.

Brilliance

Within us is a fragment of perfection. If we are the image of God, it is in this narrow way: that our lives can be a deliberate and intentional expression of brilliance.

Be instead of become

When we express brilliance we are art. Each graceful act expresses perfection within us. As wisdom, insight, and knowing grow – this greatness is revealed. And, as art, if we will be great then we are great now. Rather than becoming, we can be.

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