Even the crap is good…

18 Mar

The beauty of acting and visual storytelling is that we get to hold up a mirror and reflect and explore the dramatic, the comedic, the thrilling and even the mundane experiences in everyday life.

The rejection you suffer, the humiliation, the bad reviews, the break ups, and the misconceptions totally suck! But here is the thing… all this crap adds to the rich tapestry of your emotional life; what was meant to hurt you, processed right can become a powerful artistic tool.

Your life is an artistic piece of clay and “the pain” is all part of the chiseling process.

Being broken down is humbling and uncomfortable, but it breaks through the thick layers of self protection that keep you emotionally locked up an “apparently safe.” It’s a difficult thing to be “simple”, throwing off layers of pride and judgment that get in the way of us empathizing with others.

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or discouragement today stand firm, think not of the art you wish to create, instead look inside to the great work of art that is being created.


One Response to “Even the crap is good…”

  1. Gary Loper March 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    There are several good points you touched upon.

    We can only grow amidst chaos. Something has to go wrong or be upsetting enough for us to realize we need to make a change, because we are not in alignment with the results. If everything were all sunshine and balloons all the time we would not experience the contrast of what we do not want to discover what it is we truly desire.

    I am not sure where the perfectionism mentality comes from. Thinking that everything we do has to be perfect from the get go. Did we stop trying to walk when we first landed on our butts? Or the countless times we persisted until we mastered this walking thing. When we start giving ourselves permission to try something and if the results did not work out as we would like, then we can adjust and try again. Edison found over 10,000 ways not to make the light bulb. We certainly can try a couple more times and disregard the dream stealers who think they are being brutally honest, but are really more interested in being brutal.

    Keep growing, the path is not always straight or smooth, but the rewards are living your truth and raising up where many others crumble.

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