Thursday, September 23, 2010

One On Me

Aloha Friend!

Come In :)

3 O'Clock Crack,
see it?
(click to enlarge)

The Hilton hotel next door erected this sculpture a while back.

Way too soon, a crack had developed.

One day I was walking along, and two very competent looking
fellows were examining and apparently discussing the flaw.

Never one to allow ignorance of the facts
to deter me from voicing an opinion
(what else is a blogger, or writer, or whatever it is that I am?)
I chimed in:

"This area of Waikiki has lots of
and this piece was not made by a local Hawaiian artist
but by someone from the continent; Hence the visible

"This guy IS the artist," said one of them, indicating the other,
"and he's from Moloka`i.

You probably shouldn't speak

when you don't know -
But you're right:
there is a lot of MANA

A quick flush of embarrassment changed unexpectedly

to epiphany.

I agreed simply, and thanked them both.

In fact, I appreciated his kindly finding something to agree with me about.

He was truly correcting me, not just WINNING at my expense.

It felt deliciously liberating to laugh at my know-it-all self!

"If you have no critics,

you’ll likely have no success."

Malcolm X

A while later, it had turned into a work-site.
We're lucky!
The artist (possibly remembering my interest and humility)
is inviting us inside to have a look. See him holding the door?

"When you have faults,

do not fear to abandon them."


It's a big job to repair a piece of art THIS big and heavy!


"The essence of knowledge is, in having it: to apply it;

in not having it: to confess your ignorance."

"Even when walking in the company of two others,

I am bound to be able to learn from them.

The good points of the one I copy;

the bad points of the other I correct in myself."

All K'ung Fu-tzu quotes today


To me, a conspicuous lack of simple humility
is a HUGE red flag.
A warning of ignorance and illusion.

Competent people who know a few things and who can accomplish a few things always behave simply without fanfare.

Pity we seem to have forgotten this.
How many true artists do we overlook every day
in gazing at mere performers?

And that's my humble opinion for today.

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment :)


BLOGitse said...

Aloha from Casa! :)

Anonymous said...

haha! That's putting your foot in your mouth, CC!!! Good that you could laugh at yourself.

musingegret said...

Cloudia, have been lurking for a while and just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoy your blog, your pics and your selected quotations. When I lived in the Pacific NW, my ex and I made a Kauai trip at least once yearly. I do love the islands! Thanks for bringing me back to the sights and smells with your posts!

lakeviewer said...

An AhAh moment!

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day From Australia, Art and artists are very much under rated as to there true value to the community.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for teaching me of life.

Please have a good Friday.

daily athens

Carol said...

Well said, we're all a work in process.

Cloudia said...

Artists ARE under-appreciated in our culture!

Thanks for visiting today!


Gran said...

Aloha from Seattle!

wenn said...

nice sculpture!

Brian Miller said...

nice. i like your perspective..humility goes a long ways...

aloha form VA!

G-Man said...

Cloudia Dear?

Could you bring me a Mai Tai?

magiceye said...

so true

namaste /\ from mumbai

Cezar and Léia said...

Inspiring quotes today, thanks a lot!And I'm very impressed by that first sculpture, really beautiful!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...


Charles Gramlich said...

I think we've all been there.

Life Ramblings said...

lovely sculpture. :)

Aloha from Malaysia!

Jingle said...

wow,beautiful and sweet post.
love the image.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Happy Friday Cloudia!

Akelamalu said...

Oooops did a big hole swallow yo? LOL

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Junosmom said...

Love the Malcolm X quote. I think a huge part of maturity is learning humility.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Well another thought-provoking post, Cloudia!

I loved what you said..I'm deliciously liberated..."
I agree with you about criticism and loved that quote.

Big hugs

Anonymous said...

I always inspired by you, your opinion and attitude, again, thanks for this nice post.

- Murk