What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.
Willam Henry Davis
I’ve been so busy working on so many tasks. I’ve been fixing problems with my WordPress site, having to keep up with the course I’m taking, the Intentional Blog Course, and I’ve begun learning how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements on my computer. And those are just a few of all the projects I’m working on.
What I love doing is this–writing. This and painting fill my heart with joy, and I wish I did not have to undertake the work it takes to achieve some degree of success. Trying to bolster my confidence, I came across this quote:
Any great achievement is preceded by many difficulties and many lessons; great achievements are not possible without them.
I’d also add what I’ve realized since I began this journey into marketing my writing and art. To my surprise, after I successfully conquer another challenge, I am more to myself than I thought of myself before. With that much more confidence, I notice traits like perseverance, tenacity, and determination dominating my thoughts.
I can do this!, has become my mantra.
Overcoming difficulties, I feel prouder of myself, which makes it even easier to take the next step. What also helps me stay the course is dreaming about the outcome. Working toward something grandiose is easier than getting through a job for the paycheck. A fulfilled life is more satisfying and enduring than having a lot of money with no passion.
Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness… meaning at-oneness, the state of being at one with the object.
D. H. Lawrence
When I sit down for another day of building another necessary skill to reach another goal, I remember that I chose to do this for the pleasure I will have in the completion of it. That makes it easier to accept. I find myself no longer allowing myself to whine and groan over what I’m needing to do. I remain aware of the fact that this skill I’m working on is going to make my work easier in the long run. Just like my painting and writing, when I become one with what I’m doing, the flow begins and I feel happy again.
As skills are just as important to writing and painting as talent and creativity, skills are necessary for moving forward in life.