Monday, April 14, 2014
Let your faith be greater than your doubt!
When you fear, trust. Let your faith be greater than your doubt. Be a courageous lion. A pair of these lions stand outside the Museum of the Art Institute in Chicago. I love predatory cats; jaguars, pumas, leopards, panthers, bobcats, ocelots! They all fascinate me. Particulary their eyes; their alertness and intensity - their singularity of purpose when they are on the hunt. From the book Art & Fear by Bayles and Orland:
"We're all subject to a familiar and universal progression of human troubles - troubles we routinely survive, but which are (oddly enough) routinely fatal to the art-making process. To survive as an artist requires confronting these troubles. Basically, those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue - or more precisely, have learned how to not quit."
Those who know me, know how tenacious I am in almost all aspects of life. One of my best qualities, but it can also be one of my worst - sometimes I don't know when to give up and let go. So, when I don't feel confident, or I am unsure of the path set before me, I picture a guileful cat in pursuit of its desires. Some things won't get caught, but perhaps they are still worth pursuing! And, perhaps I will achieve my goal next time.