The Year of Limits

“Immaturity can last a lifetime.”
-Robert Half

2014 is to be my year of limits.

With a seemingly infinite number of options available, from types of peanut butter to career pathways, it is crippling to make a decision where no limits exist.  My heroes have gradually become those who think little of heroism–the farmers and stewards of the world, doing the humble work required daily to give their plots of land the best chance to bear fruit.  My own father comes to mind, and his lifelong example speaks louder to me than ever.

I aspire to this mindset not only this year, but in years to come. It is not within my power to sew and reap limitlessly, but working within boundaries–like a farmer–I have the chance to experience the joy of actual freedom: the freedom of growth within limits. A piano has 88 keys, a blank page has four corners, and yet infinity is offered within each.

More than ever, I’m mindful of the proverbs that warn against chasing fanciful notions, favoring instead the sure-footedness and peace that comes from working steadily without distraction. Of course, manning your post will entail leaving it occasionally for good reason. It’s part of the job.


Person of the Week: Noriko Ambe, Visual Artist

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Noriko Ambe

A Piece of Flat Flobe Vol.23 | Cut Yupo, glue, 2011 | 5 15/16″ x 4 3/8″ x 1 15/16″

Photo by Mareo Suemasa

Noriko Ambe

Flat Globe “Atlas” | Cuts on an atlas book, 2006 | 19 3/4″ x 25 3/4″ x 1″

Photo by Masa Noguchi

A Thousand of Self (detail) | Cuts on a book of “1000 on 42nd Street” by Neil Selkirk, 2007 | 9 1/8″ x 14 3/4″ x 5/8″