December 29-The Gift and The Work
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” Emile Zola (1840-1902
Metaphysical reasoning states we should not worry so much about outcome, but concern ourselves instead with process. Work should be about achieving the flow, the sublime state of creating, instead of the actual creation. This concept makes much sense, but it’s also one of the most cumbersome natural laws I struggle with. I work very hard. Shouldn’t that mean I have phenomenal success in every facet of life? Shouldn’t I be living on a private island surrounded by palm trees and beaches by now? What am I doing wrong? When am I going to “get there”? Where is “there”? Is there a “there” out there?
Artists are blessed with innate and incomparable gifts. Each of us has something unique and special about us. The trick here is to just do it. Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, that makes your mind race with ideas and inspiration, that makes you smile- do it. If you love to write or sing or act or garden-do it. We don’t have to create a best selling novel, a chart topping hit, a box office smash. We have to create what is in our heart and use that creation to make ourselves happy and make others happy.
Find your pupose – your passion, the thing that gives you a sense of direction and makes you smile all over, and don’t let it go. In our hot pursuit to be the best, we often forget to just BE. In two days, a new year will be upon us. Make it a year of following your passion, whatever it may be.
Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man. … Francis Cardinal Spellman US cardinal 1946 (1889 – 1967) …