Stop and appreciate what you have today. Look at what you have with wider eyes, maybe with more compassion and more gratitude for the things that you do have and not the things you don’t have.
If a female student got drunk and had her car stolen the university would call the police. If she got drunk and had her computer stolen, they would call the police. If she got drunk and had her phone stolen, they would call the police. The fact that she was drunk would not even be factored in when assessing if a crime had been committed. But if she gets drunk and has her body invaded and her humanity stolen, school administrations are perplexed about what to do.
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.
Do our hearts truly hunger after God? Or do we simply tell our hearts to hunger after God. Either way, we must never stop seeking after Him; because He will have us, whether we want Him or not.
One day, we will wake up with the desire to seek Him, and realize that the longing that we thought the world would satisfy is slowly being satisfied only by Christ.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Remain free in your work, and be wary of modes, as only the work matters. I also love this quote by Francis Bacon: ”You know, for me the paint–and the older I get, the more it really was an accident. I see it, but I almost never happens that I had expected. They transform itself. in fact, I rarely know what will be the canvas and many things happen by accident, because it becomes a process to know which element of the accident I will choose to preserve.”