work in progress
colored pencil on Ampersand Pastelbord
5" x 7"
My colored pencils were calling my name the other day. So I hearkened to their siren call and whipped those babies out and started on this new little piece of my son playing.
Which brings me to this:
Wondering about the picture above? That's one of my favorite necklaces that I wear all the time, especially when I'm feeling like I suck at just about everything. Just putting it on makes me feel better, it's my talisman against negativity, and it gives me courage. It empowers me with positive thinking and belief in myself.
One of my least favorite phrases ever is this, "I can't."
People ask me how I learned to paint, how I make the time. I tell them you could do it too, if you want it bad enough. And what do they say to me?
People ask me about why I run, and what the furthest distance is I've gone. I tell them 13.2 miles but if my knees would allow it I'd run 26.2. I tell them you could do it too, if you want it bad enough. And what do they say to me?
People tell me that they want to start selling their work, and entering shows, but they don't know how, or they think they're not good enough, or it's just too hard. They say:
Want to know what I can't do?
I can't make a perfect pie crust.
I can't ever, ever, ever, keep up with the laundry.
I can't organize my closets and cupboards as well as my sister in law (love you Laura!!)
I can't drive on the freeway without music that's too loud and losing my temper at least once.
I can't go a day without chocolate.
I know what you're thinking. "But you just said that you hate the phrase 'I can't' yet here you are going on and on about all the stuff you can't do! Hypocrite!"
Now let me tell you about my 'I can't' list.
Why can't I do those things?
Because I don't want to badly enough.
It is perfectly fine to say 'I can't do' something if you simply don't care all that much about doing it in the first place.
My mom makes the Best Pie Crust In The Whole World. And I'd be willing to arm wrestle anybody over that title. I don't need to, or want to make pie crust as good as her. Not today anyway. As long as we have clean clothes to wear I'm okay with never keeping up with the laundry. I'd rather be painting, or playing with my kids. And the last three don't really need an explanation, it's enough for me to say I don't want to badly enough.
Some things keep us from our heart's greatest desires. Some of those are things that are out of our control, like my problematic knees. But most of them come from within us. We put limitations on ourselves, we say we can't do something before we've even made the attempt. We don't want it badly enough, because wanting something that badly would force us to make changes in our lives and get us out of our comfort zones.
The next time you start to reach for something that is just beyond your grasp and seems too hard, too impossible, tell yourself this:
Do or do not, there is no try.
Making the attempt = doing.
Do, make the attempt. Believe that you can. And you will, one day.
Happy Motivational Monday everybody! :)
You can get one of these cool necklaces too, right here.