“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever be seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”

―Sun Tzu, The Art of War

What are the most basic values that underlie all of your beliefs?

What are the most basic beliefs that structure all of your actions and words?

What are the most basic actions and words that create all of your work?

Maybe it’s worth paying more attention to these fundamentals. Maybe it’s worth nurturing them more intentionally. They are, after all, the seeds for your life’s art.