Truly Zen

Truly Zen

Love ZenPencils.  Gavin Aung Than takes wonderful quotes, often submitted by fans, and illustrates them with painstaking detail and insight.  It seems each week is better than the one before.  Reading the comments on his Facebook page or his website or his blog shows that I am far from his only fan.

His illustration of a Howard Thurman quote

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

really captivated me.  I think we all have something we’ve dreamed about becoming or doing and then decided it just couldn’t become a reality.  But then later, somehow, something happens that makes us realize that we really need to do something to make that our reality.  It might be a big thing or a little thing, it might be life changing or not.  Somewhere we realize that denying ourselves what truly makes us come alive doesn’t benefit anyone.    I’ve always wanted to be a writer but went into business administration.  I’ve decided a little business savvy and skills probably doesn’t hurt a writer to include in their skill set either.

What really strikes me about Gavin’s work is that he has the ability to take words many of us have heard at least once, often many times, and give them a new life by depicting them in a new and unexpected light.  Above and beyond that, he includes background on the quote.  He features readers, has a blog to keep fans updated and of course has many of this wonderful cartoons for sale in various sizes and formats.  He even gives tips on how to frame them easily on your own.  He just seems like such a nice guy, and a very very talented guy.

The character Rising Phoenix which is introduced in the cartoon “Ask Yourself”  is featured again in his most recent “cartoon quote from inspirational folks” in #183.  Marie Curie:  Life Is Not Always Easy.  I think she’s becoming one of my new found heroes.   She combines all the wonderful characteristics of a human being and shows us the way to navigate challenges that face each of us; to not only face them, but to seek them out and to succeed.

If all of this isn’t enough to have us rising like air, Gavin inspires us because as his bio says:

 After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.

Definitely rising like air.  You never know unless you try.   If you read the comments below the “Ask Yourself” cartoon you’ll see a number of other stories that just might motivate you to actually try what you know makes you come alive.  Because Mr. Thurman was right.  “Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Truth:  Nothing compares to the feeling of truly being alive

Dare:  Do something today that makes you feel truly alive.

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