|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 6, 2010 at 2:58 AM|
“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.” – Aristotle
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao-Tzu
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.” – Unknown
Honor, respect and love – 3 things we artists often seek from others. We long for our work to be honored by contest judges, exhibit jurors and grant committees. We crave respect from art critics and the art community. We jump through hoops to find patrons who love us and our work. (And of course, people in other professions never experience any of this, right?)
If you want to be worthy of honor, Aristotle seems to say, you must believe that you deserve honor. If you want to earn respect, according to Lao-Tzu, you must know that you are good enough exactly as you are, and you must be yourself without comparison to others. The same applies to your work – it is what it is, YOUR unique creation, and it can't and shouldn't be compared to anyone else's. If you want to be worthy of love, the best place to start is by loving yourself. No one deserves your love more than YOU do.
When you clearly, authentically find yourself worthy of love, respect, honor, you’ll act like it. That will go a long way toward attracting others who also find you honorable, respect-worthy and lovable. While those others are catching up with you, you won’t be sitting around waiting – you’ll be creating the art you were meant to create.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Whatever your calling in life, respect yourself, honor yourself and love yourself enough to create the life you deserve.
Happy creating –