The artist is not a special kind of man,
but every man is a special kind of artist.*
A lifetime of brainwashing has taught us that work is about measurable results, that failure is fatal, and that we should be sure that the recipe is proven before we begin. And so we bury our dreams.**
We can cause those around us to stumble or succeed when it comes to who they are and what they can do.
Just because they are not like us or we fear that we may be left behind is no excuse.
And it may just be that the person we are most critical of and tripping up is ourselves right now, and we need to sort ourselves out first:
And sometimes I don’t know who I am until I’m down on the page. Oh, there I am.^
An abundant world is one in which we help each other to start, to fail and learn and continue, and to do what it is we must do:
An abundant society can’t be created with a narrative of scarcity.^^
(*Meister Eckhart, quoted in Corita Kent and Jan Steward’s Learning by Heart.)
(**From Seth Godin’s The Practice.)
(^From Austin Kleon’s blog: On solitude, and being who you are.)
(^^From Bernadette Jiwa’s The Right Story.)