Because I’m incorporating art making as a daily practice this October, I was eager to find this list I wrote in my journal the last time I was doing a daily art challenge. Dare I admit that it was in June 2015 and that I stuck with it for three whole days? Well, even that is part of the process, I remind myself.
24 life lessons learned through art:
- Be willing to jump in even when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. You MUST start where you are.
- Breath and relax into it. Enjoy the process.
- Stick with something until its obvious conclusion.
- Things probably won’t work out how you expect.
- Really, really focus on the object of your attention.
- Look beyond what you SEE to what else might be there.
- Think outside the box – how could this be approached in a unique way?
- Be adventurous. Have fun! Bring the joy. Open up. Loosen up.
- Keep at it, and you will keep learning and improving with each and every effort you make.
- Be willing to make mistakes. Allow them. Embrace them. They make you more free and more of who you really are.
- Be you. Be true to who you are – don’t try to be Van Gogh. Try to be Vicki. Don’t try to create the Mona Lisa. Create something unique and authentically YOU.
- Begin your approach thoughtfully, quietly and inquisitively. Approach with a spirit of curiosity and wonder.
- Be fully present and available in the moment.
- Things take time. Allow growth to be a very gradual process and to happen in its own time.
- Show up with your whole being, with all of you.
- Things do not have to be perfect to be meaningful or wonderful.
- Keep asking what appeals to you and what makes you breath easier, and then do that.
- Remember that every single experience provides a lesson, something that you can learn, and provides the potential for growth.
- Approach creativity itself as a practice. Creativity is one of the ways God speaks to you and through you.
- It cannot be rushed, forced, figured out, cajoled or pushed into place.
- It isn’t about the end result. You don’t have to know how it’s going to all turn out. It’s about fully experiencing each moment as you go along.
- Your part is simply to show up – consistently – and let it find its way.
- Trust the process.
- No holding back. Go for it!
I love how I can go back through these art lessons and apply them to my entire life. I am finding that my approach to art, and to life, is beginning to reflect these lessons. If you’re curious, which I hope you are, go back through the list and see how each of these applies to your own life.