Art Experiences

Patience and Creating

Posted on: March 13, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about patience, probably because I find myself needing more of it, (especially with my two teenagers!). As with parenting, when it comes to creating, patience is how you get things done – little by little. You can’t create anything of value, whether it be a healthy and happy child, a fantastic painting or a great project at work without a lot of patience. I think it is human nature to want to accomplish things quickly, thus the proliferation of fast weight loss plans and get rich quick schemes. But we need to remind ourselves that quick fixes are rarely real fixes. Anything important, anything meaningful, anything big, takes time and therefore patience to work for that something for all of that time.

So then, what’s the payoff? My daughter is an actor, is in a lot of plays and needs to be at a lot of play rehearsals. Dozens of hours of rehearsals for a few performances and then it’s gone forever. Why would she do that? The answer is in the experience. Rehearsing plays gives her satisfaction and meaning. She would not want some magical being to come down, tap her head and all of a sudden she would know all the lines perfectly and become an instant expert at being her character. No, she wants the experience of doing it, even if it is tough at times. This is her way of creating.

Creating a piece of art, even in the broadest definition of art, can be difficult. It’s not always an enjoyable experience, but it is always a learning experience. As we grow in our abilities, discover our passions and try new things, we are bound to make mistakes, come up against walls and take a few steps backwards. And that is great because that is how we learn, by trial and error. I think having patience with ourselves is even harder than being patient with others.

However, the vast majority of the time you will spend creating is incredibly enjoyable and uplifting. This is why we do it. Creating feeds our minds and our souls. It keeps us sane, satisfied and happy. It fills us with pride.

Creating takes patience. But in that patience lies the experience. Does Lance Armstrong want a helicopter to fly him to the finish line? Does Wolfgang Puck want a gourmet meal to magically appear in his saute pan? Of course not, because they have the patience and they revel in the experience.

Enjoy the journey of life. There is no rush to get to the end.


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Hi! I'm Susan Stein and of my many passions in life,
two of my biggest are art and children. In the process of teaching children art, I also teach them problem solving, brainstorming, inventive thinking, originality, working with others, hand eye coordination, and so much more. It doesn't matter if you're good at drawing or not, everyone will benefit from experiencing art.

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