“Let each man exercise the art he knows.”
—Aristophanes, Ancient Greek Comic Playwright
The other day my wife and I were discussing a free app she has been using on her phone for over a year. Called Happy Color, it is a paint-by-color app with thousands of intricate designs and scenes to be completed.
When she completes an artistic effort, she often forwards it to friends and family or simply displays it in one of many digital albums.
A wonderful bonus of this artistic expression are the benefits her beautiful efforts have on her physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
What are some ways that you, too, express and exercise your own artistic talents?
How do your efforts benefit yourself and others in your personal and professional communities?
Please feel free to hit reply to this post and let me know about the art you exercise.
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci
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One of my clients is a master fisherman. Last year, he kindly took me out on his boat to share his joy and the artistry of his passion. Over the course of our six-hour adventure, he coached me to catch a single fish – meanwhile, through his mastery of the skill, he brought in many.
Think of the times in your life you experienced a sense of flow, or a feeling of complete engagement.
Examine your personal and professional worlds for examples of times in which there is great satisfaction in the doing, and significant anticipation of upcoming activities.
Where and in what ways can you more fully engage your spirit in your personal and professional pursuits? How might this bring you a more beautiful and artistic life?
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.”
—Pablo Picasso, 20th Century Spanish Painter
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Some weeks ago, a close friend came over to help me repair a ceiling fan. Given my limited handiness and my desire to not electrocute myself, I reached out for some coaching on the matter.
Beyond the repair, I was a bit embarrassed by the amount of dust that had accumulated on the blades and bulbs.
Unless cleaning your house from top to bottom brings you joy and you do it often, dust is bound to accumulate. In the same way, if we neglect our inner world, our souls can get a bit dusty as well.
Although most of us would not see ourselves as a Picasso, we all have an artist within us that can help wash off the dust of daily life.
One of my favorite art forms is cooking. Various foods and seasonings represent the spectrum of flavors for each meal.
Please reply to this post with your own form of artistic expression that helps you dust off your soul to lead a more beautiful life.
“All the arts are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.”
—Mary Caroline Richards, 19th Century American Poet & Potter
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Do you live to work or work to live? Regardless of how you answer the question, it is clear that we spend a pretty high percentage of our lives engaged in our work.
How many different jobs have you had so far in your life? Many of my coaching clients have multi-page resumes, often including five, ten, or more positions. Quite often, one reason they hire me is to support a transition in their professional life.
They almost always simultaneously seek to live more artfully and include a high degree of focus and effort in their personal lives.
What artistic efforts are most appropriate at this point in your life? What would make it a more beautiful masterpiece?
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
– John W. Gardner, American educator and politician
Think back to the last time you visited the home of a family with young children. You probably saw various pieces of artwork created by those young Rembrants, Picassos, and Monets around their home, especially on the kitchen fridge.
Children live their lives as free spirits and don’t seem to be all too concerned about how things look. As we age, this changes. We become far more aware of the judgments and opinions of others and we often find ourselves holding back our most authentic expressions of ourselves.
How would your professional or personal life look if you threw away all erasers, and simply leaped into each day to pursue your own journey of artistic living?
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
– Émile Zola, French naturalist writer
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Consider for a moment that the journey of life is actually a form of art. Our lives contain many components, including work, family, community, and so on. Ask yourself, “How expressed and fulfilled do I feel in these (and other) domains?”
Many of us, including myself from time to time, live quiet, reserved lives which seem to provide some degree of protection, security, and safety. These perceived benefits have a considerable cost, in that they limit the upsides of life, including joy, love, excitement, adventure, and much more.
As a coach, husband, father, son and community leader, I have decided to dare a bit more greatly and live a louder life.
Please let me know if you too will take on the challenge to pursue your own form of art and crank up the speakers to your life.