Sun Tzu, Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, in The Art of War wrote: “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes – sour, acid, salt, sweet, bitter – yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”
Think of the of the music you have heard, the colors you have seen and the tastes you have tasted. What beauty and joy they gave you in their differences, mixtures and harmony. What great joy there is in life in maximizing the synergies of these differences. They are the beginnings and whetstones of creativity and innovation – of ideas, products, relationships and dreams yet dreamed – the opportunities to learn and grow.
In Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings beauty is not seen in the singularity of individual colors, nor in Chopin’s compositions does one single note sound the beauty of the work. Dare to add new and many colors, tastes and music to your life. Let your magic begin! Experience the beauty and possibilities that their mixtures offer. What new people, ideas, places and opportunities will enable you to push your boundaries and realize new dreams and possibilities for you?
Maya Angelou, author a poet, said: “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us….” Add more to your sum total. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.