Weekly smARTips: Courage

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weekly smARTips Courage

Your smARTip for the week:


The word, ‘courage,’ has roots in the Latin word, ‘cor’—which means heart.  And heart, way back when, referred originally to the passions, all of them: anger, greed, love, lust—the entire range of big feelings.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that the French hooked up ‘corage’ with the concept of bravery.

For me, what I notice about courage is that it’s first and foremost an act of choice.  As an artist, you make choices all the time that reflect the bravery of your heartfelt passions—often in the face of disparagement.

As I see it, there are three areas where your bravery shows up. For today, let’s just take the first one: making your art.

It’s not just that you love what you do; it’s that making art is so interwoven with your identity that the boundaries blur between you and a piece of your work.

An artist emailed me once with this all in caps (meaning he was on the highest rooftop, telling the world) “FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I AM LOVING WHAT I DO AND WHO I AM!’

And then he asked me this critical question: “How can I sustain this feeling?”  And I thought, yes, how can that feeling be sustained—especially when you’re feeling the urgency to make a living, or when confusion is fogging up your windshield?

Or fear is knocking at your door: ‘Is it really possible to make a living as an artist?’  Or, frustration flies at you: ‘I keep trying things to put my art out there, but it feels so hit-and-miss.’

This is when making art becomes your first act of courage; because even when you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are there in your studio, doing it anyway.

Your smARTist Move of the week

Notice this week where you make a choice to put your art first even when it feels risky to do so.

And I invite you to comment, below, and tell me when was the last time you felt yourself making a courageous choice.



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