The Soulful Artist

Life. Art. Transcendence.

Presence.

Day 11 of my 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

I didn’t have a clear idea of what I would create today. I was kind of just going thru the motions, playing with paint and just thankful to be able to create. I have to admit that I was multi-tasking also: cleaning out my space and listening to a podcast all at the same time. That’s life, right? There’s nothing wrong with multi-tasking, except that it takes us away from being fully present.

When we are not fully present we miss out on the joy that is unfolding before us at the moment. I will admit that I have not always been fully present in my life. There but not there. Sigh. My biggest regrets in life are the moments that I was not fully present with my children. That’s it. Those are the only moments I would want to do over.

I thought about that while I was painting today because I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t making anything, that I was just pushing paint around. I realized I wasn’t feeling as if I was creating anything because I wasn’t present. I had to physically stop and reset. It was only then that I felt as if I accomplished something.

When you feel disconnected and as if things aren’t going your way, try stopping and taking a step back, then taking a breath to reset and begin again. That’s the thing about life … you have the ability to begin again at any given moment.

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