Brene Brown's wisdom on the fear of putting oneself out there and 'sweaty creatives' is aptly summarized in a quote she found by Theodore Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Brene Brown goes on to share the following three things that come with 'showing up':
- It's not about winning or losing, it's about showing up and being seen.
- If you're going to show up and be seen, there's only one guarantee, you're going to get your ass kicked...if courage is a value we hold, we have to accept this.
- If you're not in the arena getting your ass kicked, then I'm not interested in your feedback!
This is such timely advice and value sentiments that I'm embracing. This past Saturday, I hung a number of paintings that I have created throughout the past few months. They are hung in a cafe in my neighbourhood...and people, any people can just walk in there and look at them. This is a pretty big step in my "showing up and being seen" steps...It's been a little bumpy along the way, culling and choosing which works would make the cut - whether they were 'good enough'...whether I'm good enough...and then, embracing the idea of daring greatly...and realizing that it's a very good thing for me to show and be seen...so, if you're local and can drop by, my pieces may be seen at: http://watershedartscafe.com/ and for those of you who are on Facebook, there's an invitation on my artist page: https://www.facebook.com/nancyorlikow or here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481842365362675/
So...here's to showing up and being seen!