Compromise Mindset Notes
To compromise mindset for me is quite difficult. I have a type A personality, always very busy and have my own set of high standards. I am a devote of Seth Godin. Recently, I read one of his posts and the follow quote was profound to me “Absolutism is a form of hiding. Perfect is the enemy of good.” How guilty of that I have been in my career. I really had to save that quote to refer back to as a lesson in humility.
I have been the captain of my own art ship for a long time now. One of my dealers said to me one day,” Linda, you are the only artist I know who answers to no one but the tax man and God.” He was right. My daughters are grown with their own abodes. I have to answer to no human really. I am my own boss, but Seth makes me wonder if I am a good one?
I have over the last four or five years, distancing myself from situations like art openings and paint outs where compromise of one’s desires and standards are inevitable. I have let go of most formal galleries, art organizations, and any and all programs where compromise is necessary for the good of the group.
Recently I have become involved in a committee to work for a foundation I am thoroughly committed to. It has been quite difficult for me to compromise on some of the issues for the event, but I am trying. I have thrown myself into the areas where I can do some good, trying to distance myself from parts that I disagree with entirely. I suspect that this has been good for me, to have to play with others in this sandbox.
I find that I have no difficulty at all working with my friends an collectors. It seems to be the art community that is difficult for me. I suspect that too many years of my career were spent in stressful situations in art festivals, gallery openings, and paint outs. I stayed too long at the fair if you will. I have some form of PTSD due to memories of these events. Too many big egos from that period of my life, unfortunately, including my own.
I’m happy as a loner, but I do feel that it is important to get out of my cave occasionally to try to compromise with others for important work behind the scenes to make the world a better place. I am frequently going to refer back to Seth Godin’s quote to keep my “my way or the highway” attitude tamped down. I am ever hoping to make myself a better, kinder person. It takes tremendous effort but hope springs eternal.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
4 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
3 limes, for juice
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle-garlic seasoning, divided
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup pre-sliced green onions
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Preheat grill (or grill pan). Remove husks and silks from corn.
Chop cilantro (1/4 cup) and red onion (1/3 cup); squeeze limes for juice (3 tablespoons).
Coat corn with spray and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning. Place corn on grill; cook 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Move corn over indirect heat and cook 5–6 more minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from grill and let stand to cool.
Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, and remaining 1 teaspoon seasoning in medium bowl. Slice corn kernels off cobs into mayonnaise mixture, scraping cobs with back of knife to release remaining juices. Add red onions, green onions, cilantro, and feta; toss until coated evenly. Chill until ready to serve.