Reason #2 Why the World Needs You to be an Artist: The world needs to be greeted by people who have a spark in their eye and a bounce in their step.
You may remember my original post that included this list:
The world needs to be greeted by people who have a spark in their eye
and a bounce in their step.
I'll be the first to say, it is impossible to always be happy, happy, happy.
Some days we are just tired.
Some days we are sick.
Some days we have been pushed way too hard at work.
Some days people ask a whole heck of a lot from us and we just don't know how much more we can give.
I am not saying we have to be Mary Poppins all of the time, with a twinkle in our eye and a "hop-to-it" kind of attitude.
When I reference that spark in your eye and that bounce in your step, those things are a result of something deeper.
In Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating Your Creativity, I talk about living life with the soul of an artist; with passion, intention, & purpose.
I go on to explain that passion is the fire inside of us.
Purpose is our reason or meaning.
Intention is where we put it into action.
These qualities come with a resilience or buoyancy to pick yourself back up after a bad day and to keep on with it all! These qualities bring you back to that place of spark!
I tell you, the last year for me has been a beautiful & wild one.
I have learned a lot about managing time & big projects, sickness and stress, the joys of living passionately and doing work you are proud of...these things are all rolled in together. Life ebbs and flows. So does our creative energy. So does our art.
You can't always rely on being in a good mood to get things done or feeling the highest levels of inspiration all the time.
But coming back to these deeper, more important qualities...
Where does my passion lie?
What is my deeper purpose behind it?
Where & how will I put these things into action with focused intention?
The spark is there.
The bounce will come back.
Don't beat yourself up (p.s. I am talking to myself!) for not "feeling it" all the time.
Embrace where you are.
Come back to the deeper reasons behind.
Trust that tomorrow may be more spark filled.
A short anecdote from my life yesterday....
I was stressed. I was not feeling my best. I was on a tight deadline.
The people at the shipping store where I was trying to package a piece of my artwork were busy. I had a list of specifications for how the work had to be packaged. I also had no time to wait. Ick!
Two of the employees there saw where I was at...once they saw me there, they shifted into spark and bounce mode. They quickly packaged my artwork, according to my weird artist list of specifications. They smiled at me. They seriously helped me out.
They made my day.
The beauty is, they did this all not knowing if I would be grateful or reply to them in kindness. They just did it. Truthfully, I really needed that right then.
So, it can't always be me with the spark and the bounce.
But if we are all moving towards being aware of this, we are in store for a more artful world filled with a great deal of beauty.
Today I brought them chocolate chip cookies.
This is why Reason #2 made my list of The Top 17 Reasons Why the World Needs You to be an Artist.
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