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What’s Burning?

June 9, 2011

Photograph Courtesy of Stephen Davies

I joined a 30 day writing initiative yesterday which is part of The Domino Project.  While The Domino Project is something I don’t quite understand, I thought it would be good to explore.  I felt that way about Facebook and Twitter when I joined and over time began to understand their purpose.  Maybe The Domino Project will be the same way.  (Evernote is my next online mystery to conquer.)

So for 30 days I’m going to try and write about the topics the creators are sending me (I’m starting a little late, so it’s more like 21 days).  The topics are being created through Ralph Waldo Emerson’s book, Self-Reliance.  Having never read the book, I’m interested to see what I learn.  Today, the prompt is to express what is burning in me.

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wrote a book titled, The Starving Artist’s Diet, which I published last year.  When I started the book it was really just a joke.  Everyday a new diet book/cookbook comes on the market and in my opinion was ripe for being parodied.  The Starving Artist’s Diet was going to be just that.  A good laugh at all the diet books.  Instead, over the time from when I started and finished I learned a lot.  Not so much about food and dieting, but about artists and art.

I started with a joke and ended up with a humor book that incorporated artists and a celebration of art.  For me that has lead to a greater appreciation of my own artistic ability and a broader understanding of what a true artist is.  Modern culture has really narrowed the definition of what art is and who creates it, but what I have found is that everyone of us is an artist or at least was created to be an artist.

I believe that in the beginning humankind was created in the image of God, who was and is and is to come the ultimate artist.  And being created in His image, we were all created to be creators.  We were all created to be artists.  Yet, the art that we were designed to create isn’t limited to just paintings, sculptures, music, or books.  The art we were meant to create lies in where our skills and passions are.

When we approach whatever our work is with the passion we associate with the right-brained artist who works with paint, clay, notes or words, we will be the artist we were designed to be.  Imagine the painter who didn’t immerse himself with great passion into his work.  Would you buy his painting?  The same should be the case for the person who cleans houses, works on cars, or sells shoes.

We need to find our passion and combine it with our skills.  Then we will all be the artists we were created to be.

That’s what’s burning.

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2 Responses to What’s Burning?

  1. Julie Jordan Scott on June 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Welcome to #trust30 ~ your timing is perfect, like the thoughtfulness of this post. Your book sounds awesome!

  2. Jackodile on June 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you, Julie. I enjoyed your unique approach to the prompt and the content as well. I’ll look forward to the rest of your work.

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