Masterpiece: When Love And Skill Work Together

Create Your Masterpiece: It is time to re-evaluate progress and direction for the rest of the year. To create a conscious life, John Ruskin reminds us,

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Are you experiencing a masterpiece in your work and life?

When we started the year, we made some goals, defined where we want to be on December 31st, identified experiences we wanted to have. Then LIFE happened. As Dr. Phil would ask, “How’s that working for you?”

If while traveling your road you’ve hit some obstacles, perhaps it’s time to pause and take stock, to ask yourself if you’re still loving what you’re doing with your time and resources.


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John_Ruskin_1863 (b.1829-d.1915)

John Ruskin lived in the Victorian era, and was a leading English art critic, art patron, watercolorist, and a prominent social thinker and philanthropist, whose ideas laid the groundwork for environmentalism and sustainability. Per Wikipedia, “He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy… In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. …Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.”


Time to Evaluate

If you’re not loving what you’re doing, it’s time to figure out ways to adjust or to reset so your actions put you on the trajectory you need to be on in order to arrive where you want to go.

Start by asking yourself:

  • What do I love to do?
  • What am I really good at doing?
  • How could I do what I love combined with doing what I’m really good at?
  • Why do I want to do this?
  • What feels right in my life?
  • What doesn’t feel right in my life or work?
  • What am I willing to do to change it?

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Time To Stop Working So Hard and Create Your Masterpiece

When we are doing what we love, the effort (if there is any) needed to accomplish something seems infinitely less than when we are doing what we “like” or what we have “become good at.”

Instead, figure out how to do what you love with the gifts that you have, with your many ways of brilliance. Get clear on Why you want to do it, so you can wake up every morning with that knowledge and clarity motivating your every movement.

When you offer the world this combination, that is when you experience MIRACLES.


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Masterpiece Living: A Beautiful Place to Rest 02303 by Baylan Megino

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Bioneers Nina Simons: A Masterpiece Profile

Masterpiece Profiles begins with Nina Simons of Bioneers. Working for environmental sustainability and empowered women’s leadership for more than 25 years, Nina is global visionary, a shining beacon of light in an ever-changing world. She is co-editor of the anthology, “Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart,” and has spoken in numerous national and international gatherings for leadership and environment.

Founded in 1990, Bioneers holds an annual conference where thought leaders gather for social, cultural, and environmental change. Nina’s efforts to strengthen women’s leadership have resulted in the residential trainings, Cultivating Women’s Leadership.”

In our short time together, she was gracious, warm, interested, flexible, and patient. All this amidst running the largest annual global gathering of planetary change agents.

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Baylan Megino: If you were to identify one issue that is the most pressing right now for us to address, what would you say?

Nina Simons: Well, I am a woman who has addressed many issues in my life, and many, many of them are important to me. And yet if I think I had to pick one, it would be unleashing the capacity and power of women to stand on behalf of our mother, the Earth, and on behalf of the love and the world and the caring that we know is needed to move forward in a healthy and conscious way together.

And that because we are more than half the world, really helping women stand alongside and with and at each others’ backs across the difference of race and generation and class and ability and education — to really stand together on behalf of the world we know we want and need — that would be it.

Bioneers Mission – from the website

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with breakthrough solutions and each other. Our acclaimed annual national and local conferences are complemented by extensive media outreach including an award-winning radio series, book series, and role in media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour. Our programs further focus on Women’s Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom, Community Resilience Networks, and Leadership Development and Youth.

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