Yesterday I ran out the door and left my cell phone charging on its stand. By the time I realized this, it was too late to turn back. Suddenly cut off from the world of connection, I was at first upset and then had a strange sense of freedom. I had no choice except to let it go.
When you hold on tight, as is sometimes necessary, you do stay focused and are able to concentrate on what needs to be done. You follow a series of steps, and don’t get distracted by random thoughts. You meet the deadline.
But what do you miss? When you let go, a creative empty zone may appear, allowing space for the new. The temporary hole left by my absent cellphone generated some new thoughts, and I had to find pen & paper so I could begin to write this post.
As an artist, what might you let go of, in order to allow energy and space for the new? Where are you investing too much effort, with little or no return?
Maybe you’ve been a volunteer in an organization, and it’s time to let new people take over. Perhaps you keep getting rejected from a certain kind of opportunity. Instead of licking your wounds, maybe it’s time to open up new possibilities, new ways of thinking about your life and work.
When you let go, it doesn’t have to be forever. You can put something on pause, you can take a break, step back and see what it might be like without that item on your agenda.
The art world is constantly transforming itself, and you can do the same. How could you explore new ways of being an artist in the world?
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.