Saturday, November 13, 2010

Working Artist

‎"The working artist will not tolerate trouble in her life because she
knows trouble prevents her from doing her work. The working artist
banishes from her world all sources of trouble. She harnesses the urge
for trouble and transforms it in her work."
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Shannon LeVart of Missficklemedia posted this quote on her facebook page this evening and it really hit home with me. I am always saying that stress zaps my creativity. I find that when I harp on the bad things-lack of money, bills piling up, my still unfinished kitchen, I am unable to make anything. It is almost like when I worry about things that negative thought takes over my brain and I am unable to think of anything else.


I have always tried to be positive even in difficult situations but now it is even more important for me to be positive. It is my job to be positive. You see I make jewelry and if I am not making any jewelry I have nothing to sell, if I have nothing to sell I won't make any money. If I am not positive at the salon I will push away my clients and then I won't make any money. Without positive thinking I would be out of a job and make worse the initial negative thoughts.

Sounds so easy doesn't it? I know you are thinking duh. Well it isn't easy to be positive all the time. I had a fight with my sister the other day, wham bad day. I had a fight with my husband because of the fight with my sister, wham 2 bad days. I was green with envy over someone's home, bad day. The list goes on and on but I am not going to dwell on that.

I am going to try and be positive and be thankful for the things I have, a healthy daughter, a home, a job, creativity, a loving husband, 4 housebroken dogs, parents who help without us even needing to ask, food, beads.

How could you not be happy with that bundle of cuteness running around, right?


Spirited Earth said...

First i love your photos..cute dog and sweetest cutest daughter.
good post..i also read missficklemedia's FB post.
it often takes frequent reminding to keep oneself in a good frame of mind. Life happens sometimes in a slamming way..what is happiness..for me contentment is more identifiable. Someone not long ago in blogland made a list of things to be thankful for in her life..i thought that was such a good idea.
over my morning tea ,each day,i will take a moment and remind myself of things that make my life good.
it might help set the tone for that day to a better place.

Mom said...

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change

xo Mom

Erica said...

That is so good. It is hard to be positive on hard days. I feel like my photography isn't as good on my off days as well.
Your little girl is just adorable by the way!!!
Thanks for commenting on my blog today :) I promise I'm not needy! LOL

Elizabeth said...

Good for you! I'm a strong believer in the power of a good, positive attitude. It can work wonders! The picture of your daughter is too cute. I had an audible "awww" moment.