On Mastery: Watch the Eyes

06.19.13

You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his vocation, you have only to watch his eyes: a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon making a primary incision, a clerk completing a bill of lading, wear the same rapt expression, forgetting themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is, that eye-on-the-object look.

~ W. H. Auden

Photo: Jascha Heifetz, master violinist

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