Recognition of the Pattern

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is the recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead

The world abounds with interweaving patterns of energy and light. As we wander through our days, the subtle, smooth slipping of the elements from one state to another creates countless curves, swirls, eddies and whorls. Our whirling planet overflows with inspiration.

The contours of the land are draped in wind-driven specks of once towering mountains and ancient lands long crushed to dust. Here and there atop the dunes hardy grasses cling to their patch. The flow of living energy is revealed in the topological patterns of drifting sand. What the ancient Chinese called Qi, or Chi, is renewed by the transitional flowing between opposites: light to dark, soft to hard, wet to dry – life to death

In the end it all things return to the great cosmic sea – the transmuting void towards which we offer our prayers, wishes and hopes. There beyond the realm of our complete understanding we can find comfort or dread. The art of truly living is in finding the aesthetic enjoyment in the journey. Base existence is the primed canvas on which we paint our masterpiece -unassailable truths are the brushes – actions and deeds are the paints.

Recognize the positive flowing energy all around. Seize the chance to define the art of happiness for yourself. Treasure life. Stand in a positive light and smile.

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Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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