The image for this post is of the great Cy Twombly in front of some of his work. While I am not someone who knows Mr. Twombly's work intimately, I have been inspired by his work for many years. His form of communication is base while being inherently beautiful and intriguing. It is a kind of art that is not accepted by the general populous. It is complex while remaining simple, and in this respect, it reminds me of Zen Buddhism.
Do this: make your mark. That is all. What does your mark look like? Our marks are all so very different while still being recognizable. When we think of making our mark, we think of legacy, but all legacies have a shelf life, but right now, this moment, expands indefinitely in all directions while feeling fleeting. Therefore, think of your mark as being an eternity each moment. As you birth your eternities, what will they be? This is very exciting.
Do this: make a mark. Take out a piece of paper or canvas, or anything. Make a mark on it. use whatever you want. A sharpie, a pencil, the finest oil paints, the cheapest chalk. What does a mark do once you've made it? It's a signifier. It's a stimulant. It's a code being broken. It's a magical spell. It is impetus. It is alchemy at work. After you've made that mark, will you follow it with more? Will you leave the room? All that follows is part of this dance.
We can slice pieces and have more than one piece of artwork that we produce for today, but it is all one. When you are finished with making your marks, feel free to be done with that wonderful moment of existence only to move on to the next and make another mark.
Send me images of the marks you made today. Is it a smile on someone's face? Is it an essay you wrote? Is it helping someone tie their shoe? Is it a piece of art? No matter what it is, enjoy the moment, and if you can, let me know about it.
Today I've made a mark. I bent your ear. Thank you.