What is Mastery?
One of the books which I read from time to time, which was assembled by Joann Evelyn Ames titled, “Mastery. Interviews with 30 Remarkable People”, has 30 masters express their views on their lives, work and what led them be recognized as masters. When asked “Has there been an important point in your life?”, one of the masters, Architect James Ingo Freed, who among other buildings designed the San Francisco Public Library and the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, gave a very interesting answer. “I always wondered what I would do if I knew I only had so many years left to live. I’m sure I’d be doing the same thing. You don’t change fields if you are serious about what you do.
Not being serious is a real problem. At the same time, you also have to be able to laugh at what you do.” The last sentence resonated for me about my work and my life. Never take yourself seriously. Laugh and share your laughter with others. My photo-book “42 Encounters with Laughter” might help.