The heart of the artist is fragile…and the mind fertile…but no matter how experienced the artist, there is a process that every artist must go through which leads to the path of creativity. I think the same can be said of “dreamers”, as well.
As I worked through the week of teaching photographers at Texas School, I heard many stories and was privileged to many of the dreams of the photographers in my class. This is a revered place for anyone to be – a witness to the birth of a dream. So why is it that it often happens that it is those who are the closest to us which seem to say things, do things and suggest things that often serve as a distraction, a hindrance or even a complete detour on the road to achieving our hopes and dreams?
I could spend hours and hours writing about those that would crush, stomp or otherwise dump on our hearts and souls as we follow the paths in life that we pursue. I could also spend as much time speaking to those artist and dreamers as to the psychology of why we are so devastated by what others say and do when it comes to getting in the way of our heart’s desires…but there are plenty of self-help books in the bookstores that address those issues.
I, for one, want to share the simplest lesson one can learn when it comes to reaching for those stars that call us to become starry-eyed dream chasers…
Protect your scrambled eggs!
That’s it. Simple and direct. Protect your scrambled eggs. You see, as artists, we are always a “work in progress”. This is also true of the dreams we pursue and the lives we want to build for ourselves. We live a metamorphosis that takes place in places that other’s can’t readily see. We are always taking steps to craft our skills, businesses, minds and souls to get to the point where we can finally say that the investment we have made in ourselves has paid off as we are now who we intended to become. We start out as one thing and with time and passion and dedication, we turn into something wonderful. This is why we must protect OUR “scrambled eggs”.
You see, sometime around 1964, a young poet scribbled the words, “Scrambled eggs/Oh my baby how I love your legs” on a napkin. Not great, but what if this young poet had succumbed to the “slings and arrows” of critics and friends and family? I am sure the entire work would have fallen into oblivion.
This poet was, however, attentive to his heart and spirit and recognized that he was not quite done with his effort. He managed to steer clear of those who might have crushed the seeds of creativity. He followed along on his journey until the metamorphosis took place which transformed his “scrambled eggs” into “one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music”, “Yesterday”, by Sir Paul McCartney.
If you are investing in yourself and there is something wonderful being born within your heart and soul, protect it until you see it to fruition…then share it with the world!
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