I stand, and stand
Still as rock
Have I stood so long.
I stare, and stare
I quiver, I quiver
I stand my ground
This time round.
I am reading ‘Think And Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill as part of my Financial Education.
Reading the first story of a little girl standing up to an adult man made me think that the lesson may be in Standing One’s Ground. Believing in one’s endeavour until results are seen is a vital lesson in endurance and perseverance.
For me personally, the belief in my work as an artist must be sustained through lean times, when no perceivable progress is being made. I must trust my course of action and face down the Doubt Devil, eye ball to eye ball.
In this way alone can I hope to achieve long term results.
Sometimes we need a concept about what we are doing to help us through when the going gets tough. Here are my thoughts on how our creative life is in fact very resilient. We need to learn trust, patience and to understand the nature of the thing.
ESSAY: The Bryophyte and The Muse
It might be easier to start with what it doesn’t mean…
- It doesn’t mean being ‘perfect’; either our generic idea of what perfect ‘is’ and ‘does’ or what our culture may laud as the present ‘perfection’.
- It is not about being a model, physically or otherwise.
- It does not mean unchanging or static, unresponsive, dogmatic, programmed or reactive.
So from this we can more easily see that it does mean…
- Being the best of what we, personally, are capable of being at any given moment with respect to our personal attributes, circumstances, conditions and predilections.
- Fulfilling our own criteria for ‘goodness’ and ‘decency’ that may not depend on any external source of approval or expectation.
- Constant and consistent adjustment to each new moment’s challenge, each event or situation.
- Being flexible and intelligent as we may have to compensate as we create new patterns moving forward.
FLEXIBLE, DYNAMIC, INTEGRAL, NATURAL, ELASTIC, DANCING, RESPONSIVE, RECEPTIVE, FREE, SPONTANEOUS, CREATIVE, CYCLIC…
Perhaps this is why we so look up to the artists in our culture. They actively practice living and being these attributes. That is what being an artist is about. That’s not to say that artist’s are perfect (remember!) but they do demonstrate how to be, for maximum joy and fulfilment on planet earth. The artist spends her time mimicking and maintaining the rhythms of growth and renewal as set out for us by the natural world.
NATURE! There is our muse. Keep an eye on the seasons and get a feel for the cyclic patterns. This is our blueprint for balance.