‘You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
What an incredible quote by the ispirationalist Jim Rohn. We have so many things in our lives that seem to buffer us, demand our attention, even seem that they have control over us. Soundly the most important thing that I have learned in my short 46 years on this planet is that we may not be able to control the things that happen to us but we are always in control of what our reaction to those things are. It is what defines us, it is what reminds us of our strength and our character. Think about that for a second. You could have the worst thing in the world happen to you and no matter what that could possibly be, you have the power at that very moment to control your response.
You may have noticed that my postings of new art has been non existent as of late. Rather there have been posts about random furniture restoration projects. As of the first of August, I have found myself for the first time in many years, trying to move my studio to a new location. As anyone knows who has spent a significant amount of time in one location. Change can often create a massive amount of chaos. This chaos is something that I have taken on as a solo project. Not one of my wiser moves but it has taught me a lot. As was quoted above, what is out of my control has given me a chance to respond.
The space I am moving into is in a building in a suburb of Boston which is great, literally minutes from the amazing art communities of South Boston, it is 20 minutes from where I am living which is also great. I now have access to a spray booth which allows me to now do all my own priming and clearing. The challenge for me is that the space is in need of some freshening up. In addition, I decided to bravely take on the task of restoring all of my studio furniture as well. A noble cause yet it has pushed off my ability to get back to painting. This has had quite a negative result on my state of mind as of late. Well negative and positive I suppose. Negative in the realization of how really ingrained my desire to produce art is tied into my happiness. The positive is ……… in the realization of how ingrained my desire to produce art is tied into my happiness.
So this is the chance for me to take Mr. Rohn’s advice right about now. As my ability to paint is packed neatly into tidy moving boxes and a list of cleaning, moving and restoring tasks still standing in the way of getting back to it, I need to stick to the things I have charge over and get through it.
More crazy art is on the way! I think it is packed in that box over there……..