Madame, it took me my entire life.

Both SVN and r.bird wrote last week about the latest Hillman Curtis Artist Series with Paula Scher. SVN quoted the above title from a tale about Picasso who sketched a woman and charged her five thousand dollars.. Not because of how much time it took, but because of his entire life’s work that lead up to that perfect sketch.

Once I started work here at the church, I started to realize something similar. Just in the first month, I used skills I had developed over 10 years of experience in web development. Client relationships, XHTML/CSS, ajax, journalism, layout, project management, usability, user studies, even Ruby on Rails.

Today is my first year mark here, and it’s clear that all the experiences I’ve had in my short time in this industry have lead me to contribute in many unique ways here. Called? Elected? I just call it prepared.

Rob and others I’ve talked with share that feeling. We’re all from different backgrounds and each bring a unique set of skills to the table. There also seems to be a little something that led us here to do a few things at this specific moment.

Kindof a cool feeling. I’m certainly not one for the fate argument, but I’m sure I’m where I’m supposed to be. You ever get that feeling?

posted by Jason Lynes on Tuesday, Sep 05, 2006