Turn the Ink Blobs of Life into Something Beautiful
October 21, 2015
A friend of mine shared this with me on Facebook today and it really gave me food for thought. My edits are in red. ;-)
I've never worried about if my art was good or not. I just keep after it until it feels right and it's the best I can do at the time. Also, whether or not someone resonates with what I do or my subject matter is simply a matter of personal preference—which has nothing to do with ME! But I do notice if people are respectful and kind.
When I was learning to draw, I remember the day I was making art at the kitchen counter with my mom. I couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old. A blob of ink shot out of the fountain pen I was holding and made a puddle on the paper. Boy, was I was dismayed! I thought it had ruined my artwork. Then, my mother showed me how to make it better by adding wings to it. Suddenly, that blob of ink was a butterfly! That moment changed the art process for me for the rest of my life.
In many ways, that life lesson has been one of the most important ones in my life: Learning to make best use of what I have!
When you make best use of what you have, in a way you're accepting the way things are while taking what you have and making it better! Instead of resisting and bringing creativity to a halt: • "An ink blob ruined my painting!" (or) • "I hate my life!"
You stay in "the flow" and open your eyes and heart to opportunity: • "I can turn this into a butterfly! This brings unexpected whimsy to my painting!" (or) • "These particular things in my life are going well. I acknowledge it's not ALL bad. I choose gratitude for even the smallest of things while I figure out how to shift away from what isn't serving me through love of self, of others, and a deepening relationship with God."
In addition to love and gratitude, an important element is RESPECT. Respect yourself. Respect your God-given gifts, whatever they may be. And respect the process while you hone your skills.
Thank you, Mom, for this powerful life lesson! I love you!