I never thought that a project like this would remind of so many valuable life lessons. Here is what happened.
When I began this artwork, I set out to enter it in a competition I had come across and thought why not! As I set out I imagined winning the competition or at the very least having entered it and receiving some sort of validation for my work. The harder I tried the more I hated the strokes that were appearing on the canvas. I gave up and put the painting aside not entering the competition.
Weeks went by and this sorry, sad painting kept staring back at me calling to be rescued. So finally, I decided, it was time to try and redeem myself and give life to the sad scene. Or at least try. I picked up my brush and, try as I may, nothing was happening, no magic , no inspiration, no feeling. My view point was stuck in the past of the work. I hated what I saw and I could not find my vision for this work. What was I doing wrong? How could I recover from what was increasingly feeling like a total fail? I realized I needed to change my view point.
The weirdest thing changed everything...I turned the canvas upside down! It completely changed my way of viewing the painting and I could see a fresh new perspective and the floodgate opened and the creativity flowed.
What I learned is you can not force creativity. It needs to flow organically to feel authentic. Then I got to thinking this principle applies in life doesn't it? When we feel blocked, lost, frustrated, negative how do we change that so we can move forward and find our happy place of life and productivity? How do we rid ourselves of the toxic naysayers who would have us give up? How do we change the negative to the positive? How do we turn the frown upside down?
Find a way to change the perspective. Its a mindset. Its a conscious choice we can make. We can choose to stay stuck or we can choose to find a way to see things differently. We can choose to get up and see miserable weather or we can choose to get up and see the powerful storm and the tangibleness of life. We can choose to wake up and see a tired face in the mirror or we can choose to wake up and see the love and the effort of a beautiful person in our reflection. We can choose to see derelict homeless people or we can choose to see that they were someones baby, son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father who lost there way somehow.
Changing our perspective can be the difference between enjoying life, really feeling life and its zest or staying stuck, bogged down, trapped inside of ourselves. Try as we may life rarely if ever goes exactly as we plan for. How amazing life can be if we can let ourselves surrender to the flow of life and choose to change our perspective.