True craftsmanship understands that no one thing exists apart from another.
In the early years of the century, the Craftsman movement in architecture and design took those two disciplines to new heights of grace and symmetry.
Craftsman architects believed that a house existed not apart from but in conjunction with the total environment. So they aspired to perfection on both form and function. Working closely with wealth owners of the home to be, the craftsman architects was planner, interior designer, landscaper; he would often extend a subtle design theme from the structure of the house through the interior décor and into the yard and gardens to create an effect of harmony and balance in which even the minutest objects played and integral part. The mere placement of a lamp, for instance – its shape and the light and shadows it cast in a room- was important as the structural planning of the home itself.
As a result, when a craftsman home was sold and the new owner bought in new furnishings, the magnificence of the house seemed to mysteriously disappear, for without the splendid synthesis of object and space, structure and surroundings, it lost its soul.
Stepping back into today, it’s important to keep focused on connections. The world is a network where everything touches everything else and everyone touches everyone else. The connection can be physical, financial, emotional or spiritual, but it’s here.
We must learn to recognize how we are effecting lives around us. We must realize that the more we do our part to give to others, the more we give to our self, and the more we give to ourselves the more we can support others.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone adopted the Craftsmanship attitude toward life? How can you bring more harmony and connectedness into your life?
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.
Monica Diaz de Peralta
07. Sep, 2009
Lolly, I am especially touched by your post today! As I write this, I have a big leak in the ceiling outside my office, due to a huge thunderstorm last night. I have always appreciated the little details in this space that make in special and today I see it more than ever! In this chaos of flooded homes around me, there is a host of helping hands on the street and the whole neighborhood is feeling more connected and thankful for what we have. My assistant just walked in and commented how nice everyone is today! I loved your metaphor and call to discover what a Craftsmanship attitude can do in our lives. I will surely be on the lookout for it today! THX
07. Sep, 2009
You constantly inspire me. Your book OTHERESTEEM has started a whole movement. Thinking of others and of ourselves. Teaching us that we are all connected. As you so beautifully state, Everything in our lives, is a full circle- we are all connected. Thanks for being the wonderful you.