June 24, 2011 2 Comments
Like an artist’s stroke of the brush, you are a Rembrandt or a Van Gogh.
You will never be a copy. You will never be a failure. You will always be a work of art, an interpretation.
How many times in your life have you said to yourself and nobody else, “I can’t do this anymore?” If you’re still breathing you have asked yourself the question many times.
How many times have you “answered the bell” sucked it up and did what you thought you couldn’t do?
The answer defines you.
It matters little if you can’t do something you are physically incapable, totally unprepared, poorly trained or simply uneducated to do. What matters is when there is that defining moment. You can do it. You’re in the moment. You have summoned all your strength, including mind and spirit. And you succeed. That’s what defines you.
Some might view you as a success. Others may view you as a failure. What’s vital is how you view yourself? You will never be a copy. You will never be a failure. You will always be an interpretation. You decide.
To illustrate I have included a poem I wrote for my dad who has recently passed away, a victim of Alzheimer’s.
If I Was An Artist Father, patriarch, dad And if I could paint Mature, senior citizen , old man, I would paint the portrait of a man Provider, benefactor, success Each word to describe him Contrary, obstinate, cussed Would be a different stroke from my brush Non-conformist, contestant, maverick Each phrase a different shade Creative, inventive, colorful From the palette of his life. Environmentalist, naturalist, crusader I would present him his portrait Integrity, honesty, candid With pride, his life a work of art.
You too are an artist. Paint yourself with abandon!