Dreaming and the Artist Within

purple on grey

The poem below arrived in my mailbox today.

EXPECTATION COMES BEFORE ACHIEVEMENT

Your aspirations are your possibilities.
If you want to be big, you have to think big.
Your only limits are those of vision.
The more you can dream, the more you can be.

Don’t ever stop dreaming.
For when you cease dreaming,
you cease living.

Cherish your dreams for they are the blueprints
to your ultimate success.
If you don’t have a dream,
how are you going to make it come true?

The greatest achievements always take place
in the framework of great expectations.
Big thinking will always come before big achievement

–Unknown

In the face of my own myriad aspirations — conquering the technical issues of photography, sewing quilts & quilted bags, knitting brilliantly colored objects, capturing pleasing garden scenes with pen and pencil, creating outdoor living space with a garden, and last but not least, parking my behind at the computer several times a week so that I can give voice to the characters elbowing for novel turf — it is easy to lose vision clarity.

Julia Cameron’s Chapter 11 in The Artist’s Way offers valuable reminder to the artist within. Her observation that creative types get crabby and irritable when they don’t ‘do’ their work struck a chord. I spent three hours on Sunday morning crafting beaded jewelry and was a happier person for it.

The process of working the artist within was what I needed (sorely) to reel me back towards a focused vision of my aspirations as a creative. Granted, I am always at risk for overloading my proverbial ice cream dish (see earlier post about Life Balance). But that’s just me. No matter how many interests one is juggling, it is all too easy to let the demands of daily life and the needs of those we love to come between our inner artist and the work that makes our hearts sing.

Advertisements

5 responses to “Dreaming and the Artist Within

  1. Ms. Julia is such an encouragement isn’t she. She lets us know it is not only our right but our responsibility to be creative. If you don’t create… the Universe will miss you. anitamorrell.wordpress.com

  2. Hi there, I just wanted to say hello, and thank you so much for linking to my blog, it was a lovely surprise.

  3. Thank you for your thoughts, Anita and Megan.

  4. Wonderful words! My inner artist is slowly but surely re-emerging after spending too many years doing something that just wasn’t “me”. It’s a tough journey but knowing when and what to cast aside is a huge step forward. Your crocus look beautiful! ♥

  5. Well done – very nice poem. Thanx for sharing.R.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s