George Leeson, President of Image Conscious


I first met Cheryl Thiele in the early 1990’s, when she was an art consultant, and I a publisher and distributor of fine art posters. Cheryl not only became a friend and business associate, she introduced me to another friend, The Sacred Journey. This friend in the shape of a daily journal has been with me for some fifteen years now, on my desk, next to my phone and computer, reminding me that as I conduct my daily quest for money and material possessions, there’s a parallel quest of equal importance: Spiritual fulfillment.

Okay, a specific. The Great Recession has been rough on the art business. Art needs walls. Walls form houses. So when home construction is weak, as it has been for several years, we feel it in the art business. After one particularly tough day, on my drive home, I remembered a page heading from The Sacred Journey, “Blessings, Gifts and Strengths.” In my mind I filled out that page, thinking of all that I should be grateful for: My health, my family and friends, my beloved San Francisco, a staff that has lifted my spirits and bottom line through some tough years—why, even the fact I had achieved the dream of so many Americans, to own their own business. It was as if I’d had a conversation with a friend, and that friend had lifted my spirits.

Over the years, I’ve jotted several notes in my journal, and found after time that re-reading those notes is almost like a conversation with myself—or former self, a dear friend. Another reminder from The Sacred Journey: There’s no greater friend than yourself.

Thoreau said, “Most men live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Not if you’re on a Sacred Journey.

— George Leeson, President of Image Conscious