Do you ever feel like NOT being compassionate? I do.... a lot lately. Sometimes I create these little works of art and I don't want to sell them or give them away. I grow attached. I put in a lot of my time, effort, money into these cups. They can become like my children. I nurture them and they grow. It is usually at the point when I post my work on social media (social media BLAH) that someone will inevitably contact me and want a cup. There is always a worth while reason a person wants a cup, a sick friend, a mission trip, a horrific event like 9/11 or a mass shooting. I have been contacted to create cups for all of these reasons. When the work is finished I sit back and think..."I hope this will make one person happy but God, please don't let this end up in a garage sale or in the trash.." I guess this is my own pride getting in the way. Pride stifles compassion. I then have to question why I create these things. Is it so I will feel better about myself when I give them away? Is that true compassion? I think about these two questions a lot. I don't think I really have an answer yet, but I believe that, making the commitment and sacrifice to hand over one of my creations is always a step in the right direction even if I don't FEEL like doing it sometimes. So I keep painting them, I keep giving them away. There are hundreds, maybe even a thousand or more at this point all around the world. I hope they have brought smiles to those who received them. I hope they enjoyed owning a little original work of art and I hope I don't ever see one in a garage sale. In the mean time, I will keep PRACTICING compassion.
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By getting out into the community, I have the opportunity to meet strangers, engage in conversations, and give my paintings away to COMPLETE STRANGERS! In practicing using my Art as a form of compassion, I must overcome my ego to use my time, talent, and money to create an original work of Art to give away, not for sale in hopes of making someone else’s day a little brighter.