What Working with my Hands Have Taught Me

Being an artist is literally a hands on job. Using my hands to create something useful and valuable is one of the best things ever. The creative process of placing my hands on the work has taught me a few things.

It has taught me about my own power and limitlessness. If I can take a blank canvas and turn it into a product of value, then I have a certain kind of power. This reminds me that my only limit is myself. My hands are tools that engages my mind to my vast potential. The possibilities are endless.

The mastery of anything comes with practice. The repetitive motion of my hands connects with my brain and brings a synergy that nothing else can. There is power in action; in sitting down and getting the work done time and time again. After doing this for a while the process becomes intuitive. My hands know what to do; my brain tells me where to go.

Working with my hands have also taught me patience. Practice has taught me not to rush the process; to enjoy it step by step. I have waited for paint to dry, for colours to take root, and for my mind to distill an idea. Practice and patience go hand in hand and both assist in mastery.

I become close to my projects. I have touched them; and they have touched me. It is impossible to create art without becoming affected by what you are creating. In the final analysis, my work and I will be touching and connecting with someone else as well. At least, that is what I hope for.

Journals as Our Personal Coach

Most of us want to keep fit and active. Along with eating right, keeping fit is an important part of staying healthy. But to most of us this is hard work and to compound the problem, we simply do not have the time. Honestly, we can find time for the things that we really want to do. We could use our journals to motivate us to get with the program and stay fit the way that a personal coach would do.

How would we do this? Firstly, we need to think about the things that we want to achieve. We will write down the fitness goals that we have; the time frame in which we want to achieve them and the program we plan to use to get there. Writing these things down give them power and makes them real to us. This means that we take ourselves seriously. A goal that is written down is more likely to be achieved.

Once we start to follow the fitness program, there might be setbacks. This is when we can go to our journals and talk about the setbacks. We can examine the cause of obstacle and take stock of how we can get around it the next time. Then let it go! The journal is useful now to reaffirm our intent to get back on track. This is what personal coaches do. They help us focus and keep us motivated. They tell us that we can do this and so should our journals.

Our journals will also help us to keep track of our progress within the time frames that we have set for ourselves. We can rethink the time frame and the methods that we are using to suit our efforts and to help us reach our readjusted goals. With our journals nothing is static. Everything is dynamic and serves to service us just like a personal trainer will change the prescribed plan to get us to our fitness goals.

Today let’s use our journals to get us moving, to inspire us and attain our health and fitness goals.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
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