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About three years ago, a dear friend of mine brought me a gift. It was a little handmade box encrusted with old clock faces from a craft show. Written on the top was, "How do you spend your precious time?" Little did I know how prophetic these words would become...that very friend soon faced a health problem that changed her life and prevented her from continuing with her painting, about which she had become very passionate. After the shock of her diagnosis, the impact of the words on that little box began to haunt me. I started paying better attention to what I do in regard to my art and my life, and how I spend my own precious time.
I began to paint more. If I am not painting, I'm thinking about painting...or talking about it, or working on art marketing, participating in workshops and competitions, reading about the masters, or researching materials and supplies. I keep up with contemporary artists through publications and social media to keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening in the art world. It's always a surprise to me that many times the topics that I am currently thinking about pop up in someones else's blog or article. A friend recently questioned if this was a result of the "collective mind" of artists. Maybe so, since I know so many other artists are as serious about their art careers as I am. It's their dream, too.
Then I realized that it's all about passion. Are you following yours? Are you spending your time pursuing your own dream?
If I could pass only one thing on, it would be this: you are here for a reason...to pursue your own particular dream and it's been given to you as a gift. If you've made excuses why you haven't done it yet, stop now. Begin to take whatever little steps you can in that direction and keep your dream alive by remembering it every day. Don't let it go. Ever.
How do you spend your precious time?
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