Marianne Williamson, lecturer, author
Special Moments In Time Creativity Coaching tip: Surround yourself with supportive positive people. Pay attention to who brings you joy just by being who they are.
The pastel above is one that I painted exactly a year ago. I like to go back and look at my paintings to see if I still enjoy them in the same way. Some I like more, some less, and others I always feel the same about whenever I look at them. The painting above is one that I always like. It was one of the first paintings that I completed that I was really excited about. I remember sharing it with someone who's opinion I really valued. They had the training that I lacked and I hoped that they would see what I saw in my painting and be as excited about it as I was. Although they were complimentary, the compliments were lukewarm and the suggestions for improvement came quickly. But what surprised me was that my enthusiasm for the painting didn't change. I realized that day that even if noone saw what I saw in the painting it would be ok. The fact that I enjoyed creating it and liked the finished product was enough.
I have learned a lot since that day last year. I've learned that it is ok if someone does not like my work. I've learned that although I can take criticism I also like and need support. I've learned that support can come from people I have never met or from a trusted friend. I've learned that getting better at my craft takes time and patience and lots and lots of practice. I've learned that when I immerse myself in a project that I love that I lose track of time and everything around me. I agree with Marianne Williamson that "Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are." You could interpret that to mean how good life is right now, or how good the moment feels, or just how good creating a simple pastel makes you feel. I hope this week you will take time every day to recognize how good things are and to allow yourself to really feel the joy.
What brings you joy?
When you share your dreams and talents with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin!!