February 7: An Artist Is Someone Who Creates

338“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how … The artist never entirely knows.  We guess.  We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”  Agnes DeMille

Have you ever walked into a party, and someone was dressed in a way that you had wanted to dress, but you didn’t because you felt unsure?  Recently I saw Brene Brown in an interview with Oprah, and Brene talked about the boots she was wearing and how she almost didn’t wear them, because she was afraid that people would think that she thought she was “all that” for wearing them.  I was so grateful to her for being so honest, because I can’t tell you how many times I have not worn something because I thought someone would think I was trying to be something or someone I wasn’t.  To hear Brene share this made a world of difference for me.  Suddenly I was no longer afraid to wear whatever my spirit wanted to wear.  How liberating!

“Today, take a real risk that can change your life:  start thinking of yourself as an artist and your life as a work in progress.”  Sarah Ban Breathnach

I read a billboard outside a church recently that said, “Faith is taking the first step even though you can’t see where the stairway leads.”  When I spoke the other day about my life being its best when I have been quiet and listened to where I was being led, this is exactly what I was talking about.  A perfect example would be in 2005, when I decided to move to Florida.  I had no idea how I was going to make this happen.  I was a single mom.  I had a house to sell, and I couldn’t imagine selling it and packing up my house and moving it all to Florida – it was especially overwhelming since I had just moved into and renovated that house one year before!  But I knew in my heart that I was being led to do just that.  People told me I was crazy.  Jobs were hard to find.  Houses in central Florida were selling as fast as they were put on the market – how would I find one when I was so far away?  I didn’t listen to them though – I moved forward in faith, one step at a time.  I didn’t know how I was going to do it all, I only knew that this was what I was being led to do.  And as you can guess, it all went as smoothly as it possibly could have gone.  I emailed my resume to a law firm in Lakeland and got an immediate response – “You have perfect timing.  When can you come for an interview?”  The day I was flying down for the interview, a buyer signed a contract on my house.  The day I flew down to look at houses, the perfect house for me went on the market.  The entire process was effortless, as I moved forward one step at a time, confident in the knowing that I was doing what God wanted me to do.

“The beautiful, authentic life you are creating for yourself and those you love is your art.  It’s the highest art.”  SBB

What art are you creating?  Share it with us!