I haven’t made the calligraphy yet, but it is on a notepad beside my computer and committed it to…
Garnet Shaw Robbie
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Thank you, Garnet, and I do believe you are right. Being that product is easier to measure than process, I see that it can get overlooked in our daily life — when, the truth is, we engage in these processes all of the time. Like you said, any developments in personal relationships are a result of these processes.

I think about this concept a lot — process vs. product. The funny thing is, I was introduced to it when I was working as a preschool teacher. There has been a shift in how we teach art to Pre-K students. Before, children were taught to value the product in any creative pursuit. For example, children would look at a model of, let’s say a snowman made out of cut out circles, and then they were told to make their own but to make it look just like the model. Now, when I was teaching, we were being trained to instead encourage the children to value the process, regardless of product. So, instead of looking at the model of the snowman, they may be given cut out circles and told that they could make a snowman if they want. Some children would make a snowman, other children would make something else, like a car, and others would just enjoy the feeling of the glue on their hands. Any interpretation was encouraged. I think this helped the children to feel more secure and less worried about perfection (which is impossible to achieve anyway).

I have to imagine what workplaces would look like if this same idea was applied. Would we be more productive? More creative? Less stressed? It’s interesting to think about.