Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Change


I think I may have mentioned that I'm currently making a lot of changes, in several areas of my life (my online presence, my art-business, my career - not to mention my youngest will graduate college soon so my empty nest will be even more empty).

Change itself doesn't scare me - as you can tell by the 83 gazillion hair-styles I have had (I'm having another birthday this week.  However, I want to be sure that no one will ever be able to tell how old I am because I wear a hairstyle that screams which decade I went to high school or college!!  hehe) or the number of times I rearrange the furniture.

But the ramifications of change can be paralyzing.  Hair grows out.  Furniture can be moved again.  But quitting your day job to pursue your art?!?!?  Are you nuts?  What if you don't sell anything and you end up living in a cardboard box?  What if you sell so much that you can't keep up with demand?  Okay, that last one is not one I've actually had, but you get the idea: 
the thought of change invokes fear.

A fellow artist-blogger wrote about this today.  The fact that she was able to step out of her fear long enough to throw it out into the world says a lot about how much she really wants to make this change.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the Triumph over it. The brave man is not one who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepset fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Marianne Williamson
When I post next time, I'll write more about facing our fears.

2 comments:

Sharon said...

Sherry,
Wow, you have been busy lately. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the link to the article on creativity. It was a great article, very thought provoking. And, happy Body Sculpting - I too am uncoordinated, but my arms and legs are short! Love your next post also.
Happy Birthday!!!!
Sharon

Silke said...

Hi Sherry, What a great post!! I realize that you probably never got my reply e-mail to please use anything from my blog you'd like. So I went back and checked and saw that your e-mail address is at cox.net. For some reason I none of my e-mails make it to cox.net users. So, in case it's not too late, please use anything I write... Here's to stepping out of fear!! Love, Silke