Today I had the pleasure of hearing a wonderful artist by the name of Kim Barrick speak. She said many things which hit home, but one in particular related to a poem Mother Teresa had written on the wall of her home for children, which is as follows:
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
- People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
- If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
- If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
- The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
- Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
- The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
- People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
- What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
- People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
- Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Kim added her own ending which was: People will critique and reject your paintings, but paint anyway.
I loved that and totally agree! The point of painting is to release something inside you, to enjoy the process. When and if others enjoy the product, that is just icing on the cake. If you don't love my work today, there is always next time. If you do love it, thank you very much for providing the sweet topping on top of my already yummy cake!