Archive for June 4, 2012

On Perseverance… in Life and Art

The other day I was wallowing in self pity and doubt about my path of creative entrepreneurship. Sales have not been up to my expectations and I have to admit that there are times when I wonder if my time and effort are better spent on other endeavors I’m neglecting. It’s often times like these when just the smallest signs keep me going toward my true North.

I sometimes walk my elderly neighbor’s dog as he has difficulty getting around.


Natcho, my neighbor's doggie

While walking with Natcho in our favorite park (well not really a park, but a public space overlooking a railroad track), I noticed an unusual flower in the midst of a sea of green. I’d never seen it before, so I took a closer look.

Red blooms

What's this? I need to take a closer look.

It was a reminder that the unusual happens when we least expect it. Sometimes it’s a kind gesture from a stranger or casual acquaintance. Other times it might be an unexpected flower in the midst of a green jungle.
Unexpected surprise

Unexpected surprise

Sometimes all it takes is a walk, a moment to be aware of nature’s wonders, time to just be in the moment and notice the unexpected to realign our compasses and recommit. This week I had another unexpected moment: my first international sale! So long, self pity. Hello, true North.

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