Work: The Art Of Discipline
I think we lose discipline when in our minds our art becomes less important than other things. Art in many circles is seen as frivolity but we know better–it’s tied to who we are. Life tries to trick us into believing that art is less important. And I’m not advocating shirking responsibilities, especially to the ones we love. It takes great discipline to hold to the responsibilities to our loved ones. But we do it because we see it as unimaginable to do otherwise, and rightfully so.
Another discipline killer is fear–the fear of being seen as using our time frivolously (which goes back to last paragraph), the fear of failure–these fears can stop work and we think our inspiration has dried up when in reality I’m not sure that that is even possible. I mean inspiration is everywhere and work brings it on fuller. And work is everything we do from wielding a brush to visiting a museum (as long as we don’t let visiting a museum, or other things, act as avoidance to the actual brush wielding). It’s all tied together–discipline, work, beliefs, fear.
…work seems to be the answer to most, if not all, of the questions we may stumble upon”
I heard someone say one time that at some point you fill up your brain and it just can’t take in any more information. I surely don’t believe this and wonder if deep down we kind of think this way when we are in a rut—that maybe we have no more to give—when in reality, again, that is impossible. It’s hard but, as they say, most things worthwhile are. It’s difficult being in a brain-muck and from living and reading it seems we all get there now and then. But as I believe and said recently, work seems to be the answer to most, if not all, of the questions we may stumble upon.
And also, the harder we try the worse it gets. The “secret” is in letting go of it all I think. I’m not a psychologist but it seems the harder we try and hold on to our time the less we have, the harder we try to find inspiration the less we see. So I tell myself to just let go of all the stress and just paint. Easier said than done.