I am a devoted reader of Seth Godin’s Blog. I have it delivered to my inbox every day. Which reminds me I need to let all my 4 readers know I have the ability to do that for them as well. Anywho, I love how he looks at things. He takes a situation, turns it upside down, inside out and backwards and helps me to look at something in a completely different way. And in doing so, I break a little further out of the mold of “I’ve always done it that way”. He’s also great at introducing me to new thoughts, new ideas and often new words. And you know I’m a word junky. I love collecting them. One of his recent blogs was about the word Sprezzatura, which is an Italian word meaning the ability to do your craft or work without visible effort. In his words, it’s a combination of elan (another great word) and grace and class. It’s the golfer finessing a shot under a tree but over a bunker to land on the green 4 feet from the cup, the surgeon who calmly and precisely opens a chest, inserts a pacemaker into a heart and restores normal rhythm to a struggling patient, or the film actor who take after take hits his mark exactly while delivering his lines slightly different from the take before, thus giving the director options when he edits the film. Or for me, it’s my hairdresser Elizabeth who blows dries my hair so fabulously it has that come hither look about it. I sigh in resignation each time I watch her at her task, determined to figure out what she’s doing that I’m not because no matter how hard I try, I just can’t duplicate her results. One time I blurted out “Now why can’t I do that?” She chuckled and said “well first of all my arms aren’t connected to your body” -good point for her as I have a hard time reaching the back. She continued “And it could be the fact that I’ve been doing this for 15 years” which made me think, yes but I’ve been blow drying this hair for 3 decades and it’s the same head and hair I’ve always had so why can’t I do as well as she does? I came to realize that the difference is how we approach the task. She is a professional who is trying to please a client so she has learned the proper techniques and motions to create “Hollywood” hair as I like to call it. Me, I just want to get it done and dry as I have 35 other things that need my attention once I’m finished so it’s a chore to get completed, not my passion. If it was really that important, I’d practice over and over to get it right which is what I do each time I audition or perform. It’s still not at the Sprezzatura point, but I’m getting there. And now I know what to call it when I reach that point of effortlessness.