“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
- Napoleon Hill, best-selling author of “Think and Grow Rich”.
“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”
- Rabindranath Tagore, was a great Indian poet.
I guess the time is now! Here we go…
Taking a risk is never easy. Putting yourself on display to be judged and criticized is never what we look forward to. And if you can feel comfortable being in this situation, I really respect you! This piece is dedicated to those who have a longing to share their gifts to the world, but is afraid to take the first step. Whether they sing quietly in the privacy of their room, dance only in the dark or someone who feels uncomfortable to be in the spotlight, there is a light within that is dying to come out, but fears get in the way. And breaking through those boundaries is not as easy as it seems.
For many years, I have been “cacooning”, creating artwork only for my close friends. Fortunately, they constantly remind me that my art has helped them with their healing process. They also planted the notion that others might find the same comfort in my pieces as well. Yet, fear sets in whenever I thought of putting myself out there and I would just cringe at the thought of being rejected and criticized.
As time passed, along with more awareness that I’ve acquired, I learned that being in a state of creating, letting my imagination flow and connect with my artistry is what I loved doing most! Whenever I am in the zone, I become enchanted and time has no measurement. I feel so connected with my core being and the message that is being delivered through me and through my art requires little effort. Often times, I just stop what I’m doing and think to myself, “Did I really do this?”. You’d be surprised what you can do if you just let go and be the vessel for the message to come through!
The more I embraced this idea, the more I moved towards love and the fears slowly faded away. I stopped viewing the situation as if I was alone, but that I had a community supporting me, not criticizing me. I have a gift that God gave me to share with the world and because of it, I have the ability to serve others and serve my need to express myself. When those two things are aligned, some amazing things have happened and I feel fulfilled!
To live our dream life takes transformation. Transformation takes courage. And courage means having to get over your fears. It’s a long and grueling process, but the hardest part is taking the leap of faith. For me, that first step required me getting over my fear of rejection and so far, reminding myself to always speak from my heart has helped me stay on the path towards growth!
The time will NEVER be just right. Fear will always exist, but if we direct our energy towards the love we put into our crafts, we can overcome it. Let’s jump together and let’s trust in the love that will help us take that leap of faith. Let’s make miracles happen! What do we have to lose?
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