Friday, May 09, 2014

Power Through It

I'm going to tell you a little story. 

Once upon a time a teacher was finishing up her semester at school and one of her students told her he was done with drawing and art. He was no good. That that was it.

She listened and told him that was his opinion but really he was just being too hard on himself. He reluctantly showed her the drawings he finished for his final assignment. 

She gave him an honest assessment of his work and made him feel a bit better about some of the skills he showed. He told her, "Anyway, I powered through it." And that's when a lightbulb went off! 

That's all you can do. Not all art  is "good". (What is "good" anyway?) It's about the process. Those inner critics can be quite rude. They will tell you you're no good and need to do something else, but if your heart is in it, you'll power through it.

 The teacher took her green neon colored marker and wrote on his notebook, "Power through it".  She wrote the same words in her notebook. She thanked him for coming up with their new mantra.

Before he left class, he noticed a portfolio bulging with drawings that she set on the table.

 "Can I look through your stuff?" he asked. Actually, she brought a stack of drawings to class because she needed to organize it. She told him she's not that happy with all her stuff. Some of it is bad. Some of it is good. She kept it all.

He examined all her drawings and agreed. Some of it was bad. Some of it was good. Hey, what a relief! 

Together they reminded each other to just power through it.

The end.

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