Do you paint?

clip-art-painting-257785If you hear a voice within you say ‘I cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

This came courtesy of Karen Jandorf, Peace on the Inside, my subscription to a daily prompt  to ponder life’s wisdom.  I love the serendipity of such a thought provoking arrival coinciding perfectly with the events in my own life— particularly since I just signed up for a painting class.

Painting? With acrylics?  Not sure that’s for me!  I had been noticing some trepidation similar to the above sentiments.  Then the no-sense part of me joined the internal conversation. “Of course I can paint!”  Just as I can do many other things I have never tried.

The work for me and for all of us is to notice, and then forever delete, the “I cannot” part of any utterance to ourself and others.  Replace it with  “Yeah, I can.” And then invite some questions worth pondering:

How comfortable is it for me to reveal my imperfections in my “trying”, and my experimenting?

How can I shed any habitual embarrassment or shame at being less than perfect in the world?

In what areas does my fear block my need to simply “express” myself, however I am?

For now, I am willing to be a 74-year old beginner at painting, playing with shape and color and listening to whatever in me that wants to come out.

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