Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
I was trying to picture this in my head this morning...this hard stone that is hollowed out by seemingly innocuous little drips of water. For me it's a powerful metaphor for the way repeated thoughts (positive or negative) shape and mold who we are. If thoughts are like water, I want to be very careful about the messages I allow to drip into my brain.
I've been considering the intention board I shared with you in Tuesday's post, and have decided to tweak it a bit by dropping the word "will". For example, instead of saying "I will trust my intuition," my intention will now read "I trust my intuition." See the subtle shift? Just by dropping one word I have changed the statement from something I hope will happen in the future to something that already is a reality and I have only to maintain what is already true. I think it's much easier to choose to continue an action than it is to begin one.
While I was tweaking the wording I decided to make the list a little prettier, too. (Mostly just because I just had to play with some paint today!)
I also found a few negative words in the original so you may notice some other changes. Instead of saying, "I will not compare myself or my work to others," my new and improved intention reads, "I celebrate and embrace my unique creative voice and the creative voices of my fellow artists." See (or rather "feel") the difference? Instead of fighting against a negative I am embracing a positive!
It may sound like I'm splitting hairs here, but these subtle adjustments in our thinking really can transform the way we approach art and life. Sometimes seemingly small shifts can be the beginnings of extraordinary change.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
By the way...I painted the first layer on two more canvases yesterday, this time in cool tones. Tomorrow is a dedicated painting day and I am ready!
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