As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is time to consider our lives and ask, “what am I grateful for?”
This is especially important for artists, sensitive people who absorb all the complexities of the world. If you tend to be self-critical, take a moment to acknowledge what you have managed to do this year, and remember how others have helped you. Researchers tell us that expressing gratitude can make you happier. When you pass on positive thoughts and feelings to others, you inspire them to do the same. They call it the circle of gratitude.
In my own coaching practice, I see so many remarkable achievements from artists all over the world. They have gone on artist residencies to the Arctic Circle, brought hundreds of women artists to an exhibition in Dubai, found good jobs, created large-scale tapestries for a new restaurant, gotten their work into prestigious shows, launched an art business, and found new opportunities to sell their work.
But listing achievements doesn’t capture the sheer grit and determination it takes to make an art career happen. Be especially grateful for finding the courage to keep going, to start again after a long hiatus, to believe in yourself despite the doubts of others, especially those close to home.
So think about what you are grateful for as an artist. You might be grateful for an opportunity that came out of the blue. You might be grateful for a conversation with another artist that made you feel less alone. You might be grateful for an organization that supported your work. Find a way to express your gratitude.
My own gratitude goes to all of you. You inspire me to keep going, to push forward with my own work. Thank you for setting such a great example.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.