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Just Do It

When you get an idea for a story, a painting or a musical piece, what do you do? If you are to be true to yourself and the vision within you, then you must act, now, immediately, with the focus and tenacity of a pit bull, for the world will throw every obstacle it can in your way, every distraction imaginable, until you are gnashing your teeth with frustration. You will weep with the sheer impossibility of the task ahead of you. You may be tempted to give up, to say, “Oh, well, it was a stupid idea anyway. I would never have been able to do it.” or “I just don’t have time.” In those moments, it is a good idea to go back and read something inspirational, like the writings of Madeleine L’Engle.
“Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.” (Walking on Water pg. 10)
Nike has a great slogan, and it applies to all artists of word, song, paint, and other mediums: Do it. Just do it.

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