Hi there! It's time to really get my thoughts out as I take The Heart of Your Business course with Mark Silver. www.heartofbusiness.com
I feel immensely inspired to write, create, share my art with you, your loved ones.
I'm inspired by so many different gifts. Something recently has been reading Elizabeth Gilbert's (Eat, Pray, Love) book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear". Wisdom that will go back to the library soon so want to capture some of it. I don't know about any of you who are entrepreneurs, but though I have had a housecleaning business and a landscaping business, now an art business, creating art is very different than bringing in income with it!!!
Something that Mark Silver in The Heart of Your Business classes urged us to work with is that our businesses provide for us right? They bring in money, clients, and all the things we spend money on. So they are an entity in their own right, we have a relationship with them. What does my business want? I discovered that it wants its own studio and I want my living/dining room back!! It wants to provide for me the dreams I have for living the last years of my life. It wants to share Cozy Cuddly Quilts with children. And I discovered that my business and I are quite compatible!!
So here's what Elizabeth has to say to artists who hate their art because it doesn't give them enough - money, notoriety, stability, etc. "These lost prodigies were unhappy for an infinite variety of reasons, to be sure, though I'm willing to bet that they had all - at least for one flowering moment of their lives - once loved their work. Yet if you asked any of these gifted, troubled souls whether they'd ever believed that their work loved them in return, I suspect they would've said no.
But why wouldn't it have?
This is my question, and I think it's a fair one: Why would your creativity NOT love you? It came to you didn't it? It drew itself near. It worked itself into you, asking for your attention and devotion. It filled you with the desire to make and do interesting things. Creativity wanted a relationship with you. That must be for a reason, right? Do you honestly believe that creativity went through all the trouble of breaking through your consciousness only because it wanted to kill you?" (she had written earlier about how many artists commit suicide)
Then she goes on to write about "Stubborn Gladness", whether we are being successful in the moment or not. Stay with our gladness no matter what and it will bring better results than being morose, scared, depressed, or lacking in faith.
Her chapter "Walk Proudly" is a wonderful story about a young man, "an aspiring painter, who saved up all his money, and went to France, to surround himself with beauty and inspiration."He was invited to a costume party at a castle, he created one he was excited about, showed up at the party, and realized his mistake. The theme that he was not aware of was "a medieval court". He was dressed as a lobster! Everyone else was "attired in gilded finery and elaborate period gowns. "He bowed deeply and announced, ' I am the court lobster'." People loved him, and he had a wonderful time. They appreciated his proud working with the situation. He didn't run away in embarrassment, he made the best of what was happening, and was rewarded for his creativity. Elizabeth says " this is how you must do it people".
Elizabeth says "stop complaining". It's annoying but more importantly, "of course it's difficult to create things; if it wasn't difficult, everyone would be doing it, and it wouldn't be special or interesting. and most important, you're scaring away inspiration." "All I know for certain is that this is how I want to spend my life - collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand."
So what I take from this is, do what calls to me. Work hard at it, yet be good to myself. Listen to my business, honor it in itself. It has wisdom that is in partnership with me. My business comes out of my creativity yet has it's own needs such as organization, time management, etc. to keep it going and keep it providing for me.
Elizabeth says " We toil alone and we are accompanied by spirits ("The Divine" Mark Silver says). We are terrified and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise - you can make anything. The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes."
Finally I am claiming myself as artist. And creating this business. Please let me hear from you as well.