In her book, Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert tells a joke:
A man prays fervently to God, ‘God please let me win the lottery, God, please let me win the lottery….’ After listening to this for some time, God finally appears before the man and says, ‘Child, I will gladly help you win the lottery, but please, at least buy the ticket first’.
I don’t remember it word for word but that was the gist of it.
I suppose this applies to art as well. Be it writing, painting, scrapbooking, music, photography…what-have-you.
For anyone to create art, they must pick up the tool first and more importantly, apply it. Simply sitting with pen in hand and wishing upon it will not get the word on paper. For that to happen, one must actively participate in the creation. One must take courage and faith in both hands and leap.
“Always aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars”
– W. Clement Stone
Isn’t that gorgeous?
So, here’s to aiming for the moon and putting that pen to paper. Even if I fail to make sense, at least I will be writing and that, dear friends, is the important thing.
As Pablo Picasso once said,
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.