grainbygrain

Change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow, barely noticeable process of baby steps. Like natural erosion at the shore. Little by little, grain by grain, the beach becomes one with the ocean.

So it is with any habit we aim to change. The inches don’t fall off without months of eating right and moving more. Our outlook doesn’t brighten until we’ve fought long and hard in the war against negativity. Fall’s seeds aren’t ready to blossom until months of winter has made way for Spring.

To expect any more is a recipe for disappointment. To expect any less is a recipe for mediocrity.

afraid-to-soar

For the last six months or so, I’ve been afraid to publish. I’ve been afraid you wouldn’t like my songs or my writings. So I’ve cowered in the safety of “real” work and such nonsense.

We all want to leave a mark on the world. But the moment we look boldly into the dark unknown, everything in the world (and everything inside us) pulls us from the ledge and lures us back to safety of mediocrity. It’s ambition that fuels our fears.

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Photo credit: cbcastro / CC BY-NC
Photo credit: cbcastro / CC BY-NC

Last night, I found out Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide.

Williams suffered from depression. Some say it was due to tough times financially. Others say it was because he wasn’t able to land the kind of jobs in feature films he was used to. He had to settle for TV shows, indie films, and sequels just to get a paycheck.

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Photo credit: Vu Bui / CC BY-NC-ND
Photo credit: Vu Bui / CC BY-NC-ND

Artists go through tides of triumph and defeat. Genius and confusion. Flood and drought. We all want to be on the mountain top and we all want to avoid the dip. But that’s not how art works.

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Photo credit: dingatx / CC BY-NC
Photo credit: dingatx / CC BY-NC
Art – Loving unconditionally through whatever medium you choose.

When you think of art, you probably immediately think of watercolor on canvas. If you’re really observant, you might also recognize art as a perfectly composed photograph, or a song that pulls violently on your heartstrings. You’re on the right track.

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