Compromise on Uncompromising 


My view of uncompromising is framed in practical terms. Etiquette helps diners know how to be acceptable at table.  The Laws of Physics inform me how the universe works, so far. These I wish to be comfortably just as they are.

I might learn new modes of eating behavior when I travel. When I come back to my own digs I will revert to my norm but I remember my table graces are not universal.

I am uncompromising with the simple rules of how to get along with my table mates. I realize a slice of pie hurled in the cafeteria will hit the first immovable object in its path, not always a straight line.

Laws of Physics are universal. I am pleased the norms of gravity are ensconced in all longitudes and latitudes making life more predictable.

Never have I seen a Physicist protest sign, “Up is UP” or “Speed up Inertia”. I have seen polite notices that conveyed, “No cell phones” allowed at dining tables.

If I am uncompromising I chose to tread those cobbles gently. I have kept in mind whilst writing this essay, I am astonishingly prone to mistakes and I have a lot to learn and much more to apply from what I learn.

I could not make those claims if norms were fluid, if everything in life were “up for grabs”, or that I could simply behave as I pleased, or Up is not always UP.

“Astonishingly prone to mistakes.”

“I always learn.”




Be Limitless Stray from the Path

The quickest path between two points is a straight line. In a crowded world that is nearly impossible.

I like the winding path. Un-enforced and edge-bumping ways tickle my fancy and are traceable only by having passed by that way.


Stray from the path and be the explorer; sail for the edge of the map; do so with a kindly spirit and merry wonderment. Strive to overcome prior training.

I am sure of a shrinking list of propositions, like efficiency, production, and patterned recipes for success. I am friendlier toward my imagination and what I make when I ask:  “What if I?”

It is alright to stray from the path in Art. Meander in concept and in practice raise the hackles of design.

Fine but how to do all this “straying” and “raising of hackles”?

I suggest give up excuses. Then, consider each new project as an adventure; one that you make. Eliminating excuses means you have to perform. Excuses hold Artists back. Replace excuses with being limitless.


Being limitless means experiment, explore, and expand a given method. Re-focus design, methods, and propositions, or generating more “What if’s”. In short it means give up relying on: “I can’t.”

  • What other tools work? Inventive.
  • What am I truly seeing here? Adaptative.
  • What if this material or method were used as if it were…. [fill in the blank] Experimental.
  • Transfer one set of learning to a new problem. Thinking.
  • Make a new path. Keep your promises. Responsible
  • Instructions are guides not shackles. Authentic voice.
  • Personal experience is the real and the imagined. Placing You in the Design.
  • Starting over is strength. Purposeful.
  • Be thankful for serendipity. Happy accident or unconscious play.
  • Put the “you” into your Art. Make your art a production, featuring your authentic voice. Produce your Art.
  • Create your own projects. That is how you can be truly Expressive.

Becoming Limitless

Back to the allusion of getting from point A to point B in that straight line method of efficiency. In my design I intend to make point B because I can.

Curious By Choice

I am curious. I make a regular practice to ask questions.

I want to be curious, to admit when I don’t know and to ask the people around me for help. I want to develop the behavior of being curious, to question everything around me, to think with possibilities.

Dreaming of possibilities, asking “what-if” questions leads me to inventive and unique solutions. Innovation involves taking risks.  Taking a risk is not the same thing as being reckless. A curious mind is flexible and takes nothing for granted. A curious mind is well grounded in the real world, but keeps a map in her back pocket, more on mapmaking later.

When I was young I was told “you ask more questions than a Philadelphia lawyer,” and “curiosity killed the cat,” maybe to hush me or perhaps to offer a warning about the negatives of raising an unwanted question. I was a sophomore in high school when I discovered the second half of that old chestnut, “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.”

Nine lives makes a cat a cat and I believe at first if I don’t succeed try, try again. That’s only about a third of all the lives a cat has so I could cut myself some slack.

Curious is as curious does.

Keep asking questions. Take a risk with the curiosity you could be on to something wonderful.