Monday, May 29, 2017


I dislike motivational speakers. And as you will see, thinking about them galvanizes me to do something in response. In this case I was looking through my recent sketches which feature trees and I remembered that a motivational statement had appeared on my daily motivational desktop.
Here's the statement:
“If you don't like where you are, change it. You're not a tree.”
—so says Jim Rohn who has turned telling people what they already know into a million dollar career.
As it turns out, movement, as we experience it, is a very limited attribute when one looks at all the living and nonliving things on this planet. So maybe "not liking where you are" is not a matter of getting up and moving like Okies en route to California. There are other time tested strategies. You might consider thinking like a tree: provide food and shelter to other living things, invest in your unseen roots, appreciate your tough skin and brighten the corner where you've been planted.

trees and wall

The island
ink, charcoal

Willow tree
ink, charcoal, paint stick
Pine tree
ink, charcoal, paint stick
reflections of trees
ink, charcoal, tusche, paint stick
drawing gear


  1. A few days ago, I read in the internet, I no longer know where, a Zen Buddhist poem, and this was something like this: I looked behind me and saw the two trees and I asked them: Could you keep company with an old man like me? And although the trees could not speak, they promised me, that we three would stay friends for a lifetime.
    I mean this is a diffent look at trees than Jim Rohn. Dear Rob, thanks and best wishes

  2. Thank you dear Klaus. You are a tree in my forest.


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