Pete Tillack

Wings will set you free
Oil on Aluminum
13 x 48 in
$5,600
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In order to fly (wings on bottle) We have to figure out what it is that motivates us as there are people who get paid big bucks to move us for their benefit (paper boat and wind) We have to be blind to society’s constraints (blindfold) We are all constrained by something whether it be financial, physical, emotion or psychological – represented by the fish in the glass…. The pears represent longevity in Chinese wisdom which relates to our life and at the end we have to have a heart lighter than the feather of truth…. Then I relate the rocks to the story by the professor – A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with large rocks. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. “The large rocks are the important things in life, family, health etc.. “The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. “The sand is everything else -- the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend - yet I changed it to Martinis."

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