Monday, June 28, 2010
Following my leadings
This year I was again facing the possibility of a full time teaching job. Again, it would be a wonderful job, wonderful school, wonderful people - a dream job, really. I actually went through the process of putting in my resume for it. The weeks ticked by. I didn't hear from the school. I kept thinking about whether I should continue the process or pull my application out. I was excited about the possibility of teaching art - it's one of my very favorite things to do - and I figured I could probably teach it full time and still do my own art since teaching art isn't quite as grueling as teaching English, for example, and having to grade 50 pages in an evening. I spoke with a friend who teaches art. She disabused me of my fantasy. She said she has been unable to do her own art and teach, and it's really hurting her emotionally and personally. She loves teaching and is outstanding at it, but it's really painful for her to have given up so much to help kids find their creativity when she is not able to use her own as she wants to. That was sobering. Again I asked God to give me a very clear sign about the right step to take. I again got a most delightful response - this was a few months ago - I sold 5 pieces in 5 days! I'd never had that sort of run of sales before. One sold online; three sold at a local gallery; the other sold from my studio - one was a color study, one a nude, and three were fruits. It was miraculous! I decided that was the sign I'd been asking for, so I withdrew my application and felt I'd done the right thing. It's clear to me that God has plans for me and my artwork, and my job is to just keep showing up and doing the next thing that occurs to me (when I'm centered) and following that divine inner guidance - it hasn't led me astray yet.
A wonderful book, The Artist's Way, and a great way to live life following ones leadings...