Make way for a great idea

While in a toy store a young girl spotted some play jewelry that caught her eye, a beautiful pearl necklace. She asked her mother to buy it for her, her mother said no, but said if she earned the two dollars that it cost, she would be able to buy it herself. So the following days the girl proceeded to find chores that could earn her some money.

She help her auntie with the cleaning, she got fifty cents. She helped her mum with cooking and got one dollar. Her brother helped her out with the final fifty cents as she helped him clean his bedroom. She eventually went back to the store to buy the plastic pearl necklace which she took home and cherished. It was her pride and joy. Many months passed as she treasured her favorite item, and apart from when taking a bath, she never removed them from her neck.

One evening her father was tucking her into bed and asked her if she loved him. She replied ‘yes’. Her father then asked if he could have her pearl necklace. She hesitated and said, ‘but I love my necklace so much, you can have my teddy bear if you want.’ Her father said okay, and left. The following week the father again asked her if she loved him, she said, ‘yes very much’. He then asked again if he could have her necklace. She clasped her necklace with concern, and said that he could have her doll collection. He said that was fine and left. Again the following week the father approached the girl. She replied, ‘yes I love you daddy’. He asked ‘Do you love me enough to give me your necklace?’, holding her necklace she shook her head ‘not my necklace daddy’.

Later that day the young girl approached her dad in his armchair in the lounge, tears were running down her cheeks. She opened her hands to reveal the plastic pearl necklace, offering it to her father. ‘I love you dad’. He took the necklace, hugged her and replied “I love you too” with his other hand he reached into his pocket and continued ‘now that you have room on your neck, I can give you this’ he presented her with a real sparkling pearl necklace. To which she was ecstatic.

The moral of the story in life is that sometimes you have to let go of the things you have worked hard to achieve in order to make way for even greater achievements.

At the end of a year is a good time to think about taking a break and not working at all, but it’s also a good time to reflect and take stock of what you’ve accomplished throughout the year, and what you can do in the upcoming year to make your career more successful and, more importantly, fulfilling. What are some of the things you’ve spent time and effort on? and what value have you placed on them? Have you had good results? Or could a better idea, design, or process have been achieved?

Like you may have learned during art or design teachings, standing back a few steps from your work can help give you that much needed new perspective and overall view to help you discover which parts need fixing (or replacing all together). So pay attention to the details, but also to the overall picture.

Just some food for thought, because producing better work is much more than picking the right color.

Posted in: Articles  ·  Dec 18    

Mark said,

December 18, 2006 @ 2:11 am

What are some of the things you’ve spent time and effort on?

‘Time’ is the operative word here for me. Spending time on creation is often dictated by the schedule in a World where everything should have been done last week. This unfortunate situation has meant rushing ideas, sketching plans and finishing off with rough edges whilst a good part of time has also been gobbled up with inefficient meetings and political babble. Constant pressure to inspire and execute ideas has stiffled my creative forces and has left little real time for reflection.

So, the only thing I hope to be giving up next year is ‘taking on more work’ so that I’ll have more time to reflect. Maybe this way, I too will be rewarded with ‘real sparkling pearl necklaces’ of beatiful design.

Happy New Year to All !

Brian Donovan said,

December 18, 2006 @ 2:44 am

That’s an odd story. I can sort of see the underlying idea of it, but I was mostly just left wondering why her parents are so damned creepy.

The mother insists that her daughter earn the money to buy a chintzy $2 plastic necklace and then her father proceeds to strip away her prized possessions one by one via a sadistic “if you really love me, you’ll give me X” until she finally collapses and gives him what he’s been after. In the end, she’s rewarded, but the ongoing psychological wear and tear of living in that sort of household would be quite severe.

I predict that her upbringing will result in severe emotional problems and, possibly, eventually the need for professional psychiatric treatment.

Rhett Dashwood said,

December 18, 2006 @ 3:04 am

Funnily enough Brian, “severe emotional problems” probably describes the mindset of many genius artists.

SofusG. said,

December 18, 2006 @ 9:01 am

I just plain like that the whole story ends in a Swarovski Necklace ad from google..
makes me giggle…. ( sorry strong male laughter)

cheers and happy x-mas and sylvester (german for new year)

lisa said,

December 19, 2006 @ 11:08 am

I think the sadistic father stole the real pearl necklace from his estraged wife, and once she finds out what the loser did, in a drunken rage she will beat the child in her sleep, take back the necklace, and poison her husbands dinner. Then she will take a step back, look around, and realize what a great design that was.

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