Say the word completion slowly and out loud. Take time to form each syllable as if you were savoring a rich dessert. Notice how there is a slight uplifting of the corner of your mouth. A hint of a smile. There is a feeling of fullness and satisfaction on hearing the very sound—completeness.
To categorize completeness as an art is to embark upon a broader dimension of its’ meaning. True art is personal and transforming—both to the artist and to the recipient or viewer of the work.
There are many expressions of art. Typically, we associate art in the realm of paintings, sculptures, and musical compositions.
We are comfortable on established sanctions of what art is. True art; however, is limitless; it has no boundaries. Art lies deep within its creator. In that premise, a scuba diver, watchmaker, chess master, seamstress or speech writer is just as worthy of the title artist as Rembrandt or Mozart.
The process of a work of art—be it physical or mental in nature has a definite formula. This equation, if you will, is simply: From a defined starting point progress forward until you reach the finish. Once you start, don’t stop until you are done. This is the essence of completeness. It may sound simple, but that would be an error in understanding the complexity of what completeness entails.
The art of completeness is not a random, Helter Skelter, no decision making initiative. Quite the contrary, art in any form is thoughtful, deliberately executed work. In order to achieve the satisfaction of completeness, we have to have realistic comprehension of what the undertaking is going to require. There can be no shortcuts. We must be up to the task and have whatever resources are necessary to accomplish our goals.
Your entirety as an individual, specifically, your energy, passions, endurance, skills, mindset and precision are governed in three distinct arenas:
- The Desire.
- The Doing.
- The Continuing.
A strong desire is a must for without it, nothing will ever be finished or complete.
Excuses, such as I have no time, it’s not the right time. Or its’ just too late now will creep in and smother whatever dream you hope to fulfill. The truth is that complacency will rush in to engulf a person to find reasons not to start anything. In this mental state, it is easy to be fearful and reluctant to take any perceived risks.
However, if you are blessed with a pursuing, strong desire as your motivation, you can move forward into the doing phase. Here is where desire comes alive. This is a work zone. Whenever you see a building going up, there is usually a finished rendering to allow you to see what the end result will be. Day by day as you pass the work site, you see and hear the forming of that picture taking shape. It is often a lengthy process.
Sometimes, there are setbacks and the work halts for a short while, then starts up again until one day, there is a magnificent building towering skyward. The workmen behind this building often looked at the concept drawing. They drew energy from seeing it, but that was not enough to produce the building. They had to show up for work and be prepared to do whatever the day called for, and the next day, etc. They were not working for short term goals—a months’ pay–they were creating a dream which started on a piece of paper. The doing took a sustained effort to reach completion, but what a sense of accomplishment to step back and look at what their hands rendered.
Thankfully, there are many individuals who posses whatever is needed to successfully maneuver beyond the doing phase. We appreciate their art in all of its forms. As a global community we share the products of others completed dreams. We benefit from hours of research to produce formulas for drugs which can enhance the quality of life, we are delighted and entertained by enriching musical performances and are in awe of the scope of the universe through the pictures returned from outer space. All of these gifts are ours to enjoy because someone had the desire, the doing, and the continuing.
Here lies the final and sweetest phase. If one painted one picture, or wrote one song, or built one airplane, we would never be where we are now. The continuing means going on to the next work. We take what we know and make it better. We keep creating until it is time for another to take our place. That is the cycle of life—a full life. A life of completeness. Now, that is an art.
~ Gale Davis