memento mori :: steve jobs

Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.

There is no reason not to follow your heart.

– Steve Jobs

From an address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005

G R A T I T U D E   S T E V E

Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as “Remember your mortality”, “Remember you must die”, or “Remember you will die”;  taken literally it means, [In the future] remember to die, since “memento” is a future imperative of the 2nd person, and “mori” is a deponent infinitive.  It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose: to remind people of their own mortality.  The phrase has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity.
Source – wikipedia

memento mori
creativity and autonomy
I find my tribe
it is for that smile and for those tears that I work
when I met my muse

hand of suttee


Wonderingmind Studio: Miriam Louisa Simons - Hand of Suttee

hand of suttee
Varanasi, India
640 x 510

painting, collage, gilding
burning, wrapping

canvas board, wooden frame, bindis,
henna template, key, gold thread,
gauze bandages, gold leaf, nails,
dhoti fragment, acrylic paints

On the funeral ghats beside the Ganges in Varanasi one sees hand prints left by the women who, while very much alive, joined their deceased spouse on the funeral pyre.

I’m told that this practice – suttee – is outlawed in India.

But that it still happens.