We often find ourselves stuck in frameworks of other people's making. It's easy to complain about these frameworks: we didn't create them, so we believe that we're not responsible for them. But we are responsible for the integrity of our lives, and when we work inside of a context that is out of integrity, we are out of integrity.
Corita Kent, a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, taught in the art department at Immaculate Heart College from 1947 through 1968. Her bold experimentation in printmaking drew comparisons to Warhol, and by the mid-60s, Sister Corita was frequently hosting guests such as John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, and Charles and Ray Eames. As part of her teaching, Sister Corita developed a new framework for her students to perceive the world — the "10 Rules," seen below:
These rules were grounded in awareness, trust, humor, and action. They require a lightness of being and a commitment to the work. As one student describes in the following mini doc:
“Usually assignments are very large. They’ll say do a lot of things: do 50 things or 100 things depending upon what it is. Because you start out making those 100 things, and the first 20 that you make are based upon ideas that you had and then suddenly you have to go somewhere else and start looking for, you know, you start struggling around in some kind of non-idea area. And that struggle is the best. And if you stopped at 40, then you’d do 20 things that you’d thought of and 20 things that you weren’t sure of, and then you would go nowhere after that. But then you do 25 more that grow out of the conflict between not knowing what to do and knowing what to do, and those are usually the best things.”
So here's the opportunity of right now: trust where you are and cause something to happen that would not have happened without you making it so. Break the rules, break the framework, break it all. And remember, you're 100% responsible for what you create.