Photo Courtesy: State Library of New South Wales flickrstream I do not condone the usage of cigarettes in this picture… ha.
Each of us is a cog in the wheel of the great symphony of mankind. Our voices blend in cadences and sometimes result in dissonance. We all want to be seen, heard, appreciated, understood and loved. We vocalize thoughts for some validation and eat heaping platefuls of both negative and positive energy from social media feeds daily. A desire to be seen is something we feast upon. But is being seen really what it’s cracked up to be?
Do I really want others eyes upon me continually? We musicians tend to strive for recognition as if our art is only validated through more and more exposure. But recognition comes with a high price on the pathway to fame. Perhaps we are diseased with a weight of self. Look at me, adore me, follow me, share my stuff, like me, love me, befriend me, idolize me. Is that really what we want? If I should never be able to get lost, disappear from the world for a day and run free, my soul would suffocate. I sometimes pity the creative people, especially high-profile artists, in this world. They have intense pressure put on them to daily perform on a level of perfection. I pity their inability to quietly slip into the unknown to observe, write, think and be. It isn’t natural to think that someone can be switched on that often. True art needs a cultivation period. To get lost in the woods for a day is a blessing taken for granted. To latch the door and head outside and feel the ground beneath our toes is something we have yet to do because we’re far to busy every day. To learn how to be still and know that He is, and that we are not, is an aspect of life we too often choke out. We let the “cares and the deceitfulness of riches” suffocate our hearts and smother our souls. And I must ask myself why I let my soul wither away from malnourishment of good things and a lack of breath. If breathing is important for physical life, perhaps it is important for me mentally and even spiritually. Take some time to really meditate on the blessings and your purpose, vision and goals in life. Don’t half-heartedly bounce from activity to activity without really comprehending and assessing the significance of each thing you do and whether it draws you closer to your Maker or farther away.
To the artists… don’t let recognition or lack thereof be your ultimate goal. Are you any less of an artist because only two people hear you or 2 million? Not in the least. Keep sharing your message with the world and if you are genuinely in line with your truest self, practicing what you say, people will listen and take it upon themselves to also share your message.
Ponder the reason why you do what you do. What is your purpose in pursuit? Steeping in your ultimate goals can help you eliminate daily tasks or events that are merely cluttering your time and mind.