Artist’s Potential

May 21, 2010

I have come to the conclusion that all of us artists are book hounds or as some friends of mine said recently: book sluts.  I think we’re always on the lookout for inspiration, things that give us ideas, solutions to problems we haven’t had yet, or problems for solutions we already have… =)    The simplest things can send our imaginations into overdrive and trying to catch that wave and preserve it is a never ending battle.  Hence come the books.  They are ideas captured in words and pictures, right?  Concrete and tangible idea givers with a ton of possibilities between each and every cover!  What a luscious thought:  potential.

I’ve been reading a book called “12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women a portable mentor” by Gail McMeekin.    I was intrigued with the thought of reading other creative women’s stories or thoughts on being creative women and I’m always interested in learning more about mentoring better.  I’m loving the quotes in this book.   For example:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin, writer.

“You can’t copy anybody and end up with anything.  If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.”  – Billie Holiday, singer.

“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”  – Katherine Graham, publisher.

“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”  – Erica Jong, writer.

“Prosperity is having the power to create a life of your choice – to get what you really want, not just what you’re handed.”  – Ruth Ross, writer

“We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness – either enforced or voluntary.”  – Agatha Christie, mystery writer.

And on that note, I’m going to take a nap!  Okay, just kidding.   Which one of these resonated most with you?  That is the one you need to pay attention to for now.  Put it on a sticky note where you’ll see it every day.  That’s all you have to do to keep it front and center, percolating in the back of your mind.  Once that becomes a part of you and you realize that you don’t need it anymore, choose another one and put it on a sticky note…  see how simple it is to make yourself focus?


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