Sunday, March 4, 2012

What On Earth Are You Doing?

Did you know?
Did you know that you do that like no one else?
You make something. No one else can do that exactly like you do.
So, why don’t you do it more often?

You’re struggling to find time to do it because…A, B, C reasons.
You’re not really good at it. You don’t have a lot of training in it. You’re just…No one really cares about what you do...
OK. Lemme ask you a question:
Are you creating Beauty?

Well? Stop stammering. Either you are, or you aren’t.

OK, here’s the truth: If you didn’t think it was beautiful, if you didn’t get something out of it, you wouldn’t be making it.

Now, that I’ve gotten your attention, let’s put the pieces together:
The world tells us that a lot of ugliness out there is perfectly acceptable. I won’t go into details; you can check out a daily news source or “entertainment” report for yourself.
But sometime, somewhere far away, tucked away in a little town, in a little room, on a little table, computer, or easel…there you are. Sculpting, snapping, sewing, painting, writing, composing, crafting, baking.
To put it in a nutshell, you’re creating. Beauty.
Shhh…No one knows, you say…
You tell yourself that your job needs you. Your family needs you. (Wish you’d put those two in reverse order, though.) You don't have time for your own stuff.

Okay: Hard Question:
What do you want your children to see right now?
I’ll tell you what I saw as a child: my mother denying herself. Denying her own creativity. Now, I’m struggling with that issue, because I didn’t have a role model. I didn’t see her live a healthy, balanced life, so I’m not sure how to lead a balanced life.
What kind of life do you want your children to live tomorrow?
Show them. Today.

So, let me add to your list: Your family needs you. Your job needs you. And
The world needs you.
The world needs your Beauty. As only you can express it.
You making that painting, photograph, quilt, sculpture? Guess what that does?
Along with relieving your stress and re-centering you? It gives others Hope amidst the ugliness. It gives them permission to express their Beauty as a higher ideal. It connects us imperfect humans with one another as creative beings who may have nothing else in common. It crosses language barriers and socio-economic barriers. It gives us all Hope.
So, don’t stop. Don’t ever stop.
Keep creating that Beauty. No matter what.
The world is waiting.
Wanna make the world a better place?
Go. Make. Then, don’t forget to Share.
Let’s change the world.