Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ordinary encouragment

A quote from Beverly Pepper: "One has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist. A balanced human seldom produces art. It's that imbalance which impels us."
To me, these words of encouragement say; it is our gift to be weird!
Encouragement must be KEY. I'm talking true encouragement, the kind based on love and belief of goodness.
There is this prayer that priests and nuns pray almost daily during ordinary time that starts with this verse: Encourage each other daily while it is still today. (Hebrews 3:13) Imagine, thousands of nuns and priests saying this all over the world, tons of times, year after year. So you know it's gotta be KEY.
Like oil to an engine.
I guess what I'm trying to say is each of our gifts need to be brought to the emptiness. If you think your gift is "weird", I pray someone will discover it's truth and say, "that's not weird!! It's unique!" And a spark takes hold in your heart, and you go on.
ps. Do you ever drink out of your water pot for the brushes instead of your coffee cup? Do you love painting blue cows? If so, you may be neurotic too:)

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