It is healthy to look in the REARVIEW MIRROR periodically, to see how you have improved over time. To see how much more knowledge you have now, to see how your skills have improved. It is not good to live in the past, but it helps to glance back to be aware of your progress. Be aware that you learn something new today, so that you are better today than you were yesterday. The REARVIEW MIRROR helps you to observe this and also be sure that you are progressing. “As one gets proficient in their skill they tend to get very focused. Where we can then develop adult-onset tunnel vision which stunts creativity.” Says David Usher.
There is another use of the REARVIEW MIRROR. To look back and remember those who helped you, who mentored you, who helped you see the way, who gave up their time to strengthen you. These are people that are sometimes forgotten.
One day far in the future you will be one of those forgotten mentors. Think about it, how would you feel about not being remembered. To not let it happen to you, look in the REARVIEW MIRROR and remember who helped you to be where you are. If you be humble as such, you can grow more. As mentioned in the TAO; “If you never assume importance, you never lose it.”
From a previous post; POWERS OF TWO by Shenk, no one works in a vacuum. Every person’s mind is modified by nature, art and communication with others. Innovation is due to our accomplices in life. A person that took the time to open your mind to other avenues should be indelible, unforgettable. Why not look in the REARVIEW MIRROR and be VULNERABLE, and say thank you from time to time.
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.