“Never give up on a dream just because of the time that it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale.
Every time I have a set back in the studio I think of this quote. I have, in this life, struggled with enjoying the journey, barreling through a project just to make it to the finish line and then proceed to look around and ask, “What’s next?” The joy was left behind along with the excitement of discovery and the unexpected gifts along the way. This, more than anything else, has been a recipe for burnout and disappointment for me.
What I have realized is that none of this will ever be finished! All of it is a process and an evolution. What matters most is the amount of joy we have in our lives during the process. To withhold these ethereal emotions is like saying to ourselves that we don’t deserve it, we aren’t worthy. Don’t believe it……..it isn’t true.
I am learning a new way to see clay and through that lens, to see myself. A passion for progress in skill should not be a substitute for refinement. They can coincide within the same frame work – passion can feed the beauty of refinement. The “hurry” doesn’t need to outpace the “wisdom.”