got this fortune the other day...
It's a great idea, but got me thinking about what success means to me.
Success by the world's standard involves recognition and lots of sales.
If success is selling much of my art then I have failed,
but if it is painting my heart out
when I don't have the faith that the finished piece will be any good,
well then that defines success for me today.
and that is enough for me...
I also don't see how visualizing your success,
or making one of those boards Oprah recommends,
or throwing good vibes about yourself into the universe
will necessarily bring you what you want.
It may, but I don't want you to plan that it will.
You are not a failure if it does not work.
Please don't judge yourself by what others think.
We live in a fallen world and times are tough.
Our etsy stores may not be selling,
but that does not necessarily mean
we have done something wrong or we are a failure.
love the way Madeleine L'Engle puts it:
If the work comes to the artist and says,"Here I am, serve me," then the job of the artist, great or small, is to serve. The amount of the artist's talent is not what it is about.
Jean Rhys said to an interviewer in the Paris Review,
"Listen to me. All writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. And there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don't matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake."
To feed the lake is to serve, to be a servant. Servant is another unpopular word, a word we have derided by denigrating servants and service. To serve should be a privilege, and it is to our shame that we tend to think of it as a burden, something to do if you're not fit for anything better or higher.
I have never served a work as it ought to be served; my little trickle adds hardly a drop of water to the lake, and yet it doesn't matter; there is no trickle too small... The great artists, the rivers and tributaries, collaborate with the work, but for the most of us, it is our greatest privilege to be its servant.
Amen to that!
"...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant...
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..."
So I plan to keep feeding the lake...
How about you?
What defines success for you?