something in between

a student reminded me today of wise words a teacher once offered me in art school 15 years ago.

i was walking out of my painting class and looking to the teacher i said, "take care." his eyes drew wide and he sharply replied, "no, NO! don't take care!" i was a little scared, but more confused… he continued, "don't take care. to be careful and to be careless are two ends of a spectrum, both based on fear. don't be careful, and don't be careless. there's something in between the two, loving. be loving". he was a very smart man, and gave me a project worth lifetimes of hard work with those simple words.

thank you jerry.