“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa
A fine balance as an artist is having goals to work towards and knowing when to let go and let grace. Over the course of the last year I have produced tons of work, learned new skills, found my artistic voice, developed this website, launched my business, and started to explore avenues to get my art out there. In the last 2 months, I placed excess stress on myself to achieve some external goals with my art. I want to be a discovered and successful artist who can make a living doing what I love, which is a worthy goal. But I am clinging too tightly to this goal, and not really allowing it to unfold in its own way. And if I am truly honest, the stress really stems from a fear of perceived failure. I know this is a feeling many can relate to.
What to do in times like these? I’ve learned through yogic training that setting intention is a valuable tool and revisiting that intention as time goes by is important. My intention as an artist is simply to do what I love and share that love with others. This may seem rather simplistic, because it IS simplistic. If I look at my intention, I see I am already doing what I love and I am already sharing what I love with others, so in sense, I am already successful. The goals are separate from the intention. They will come with time and may even change over time. The intention for my art, will always stay the same.
So right now, it’s time for a deep breath. I am lessening the pressure on myself, revisiting my intention, and taking more balanced strides to achieve the external goals. A learning process and beautiful journey. I am so grateful to follow a path of love in this lifetime.