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Thanks to the Queen celebrating her diamond jubilee, we’ve got four days off. Which is great, as it’s given me a little time today to get to ‘nearly finished’ with my Forget-me-not project.
I say ‘nearly finished’ because I’m at a bit of an impasse at the moment, unable to decide whether to put any more work into it or not.
Did you ever get that with a picture? You know, where you keep looking at it thinking “I think it’s finished, but I can’t decide whether to leave it alone or not”. One more stroke could be the difference between genius and disaster! Well that’s where I am with this piece right now.
That made me think about how we present our work. I don’t mean in terms of frame and setting etc., I mean about how we talk about it, describe it. Because presentation can make a world of difference between someone liking it or being indifferent to the work. It’s very similar emotionally to how you offer a gift.
If you offer something with a “do you want this? It’s no use to me anymore”. Then the person being asked will probably tend to feel that the object in question is of no value. They’ll probably be kind of thinking “well thanks, if it’s no use to you what makes you think I’ll want it. I’m not a charity you know”.
But if you present a gift as if it is of value to yourself and treasured, then the recipient is much more likely to feel a sense of honour and responsibility for that object.
Talking about your work (and yourself for that matter) is a similar process. If you talk about it as if it’s not very good and you’re not happy with it, then people may tend to feel similarly about your work (or you). If, on the other hand, you are positive in your assessment then it may well colour the viewer’s opinion much more favourably! Of course if it really isn’t very good, no amount of positive spin may change the facts in front of the viewer, but at least they’re more likely to be polite!
So making the decision to like your work and value the time and effort that you’ve put into it will hopefully help others to feel similarly about it too. Perhaps if we decide , intentionally, purposefully, to feel similarly about ourselves, then our whole outlook on life and our work may change too. If we feel that (as I believe) we are unique, a one-of-a-kind, a masterpiece of creative thought and intention, loved, purposed and intended, then others may value us more too!
Anyway here are today’s shots of the Forget-me-nots:
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”
From Psalm 139