Positive Sign #11, 12 & 13

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #11 (Setbacks and Tragedies), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm. Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist and the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better. Martin E. P. Seligman.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #11 (Setbacks and Tragedies), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #12 (Slings and Arrows), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm. The Sligns and Arrows of Fate. Creative People are certainly not immune to the disappointments and tragedies that cast shadows on the lives of everyone else. But the hurt did not durn into an emotional swamp in which the foundered; instead, it helped strengthen their resolve. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #12 (Slings and Arrows), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #13 (Lemons), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm. Instead of being shaped by events, creative individuals shaped events to suit their purposes. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #13 (Lemons), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.

Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #14: Explanatory Style & 15: Learned Optimism.
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