Over on 37 days, Patti has a great post about jumping. That's right jumping.
Her post was inspired by photographer Philippe Halsman, who took pictures of numerous famous people jumping. According to Halsman, he could tell something about the person from the jump.
He “analyzes” the photographs, commenting on his interpretation of jumps...Are your arms straight out, straight up? Your fists clenched or spread wide? Your knees straight or bent? Your mouth open or closed?
The presidents of corporations that appear in the book, for example, all jumped exactly the same way – straight legs, outstretched, bent arms. The reporters were also in identical jump positions, stick figures straight with arms at their sides. Does our jump form determine our career, our destiny, our way of being in the world? he mused.
Patti then made the comment that compelled me to blog about her post...
What does my jump look like? Too constrained, too planned, too tight, too self-conscious, not like Oppenheimer fully extended and reaching the stars. I want to change that. I want mine to be more like a child’s—unburdened by the observations of others, unplanned and full of sheer delight at being airborne—how miraculous! how unbelievable! how freeing! how carefree!
What does your jump look like?
[For the record, when I jumped my arms windmilled in a big circle. My hand smacked the cd-changing drawer that was sticking out of my stereo and almost broke it. Typical. Exuberant, but not always terribly aware of the consequences. Kind of like a big puppy. ;-) ]
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