To Begin Again

Deal with difficult things with simple acts. Deal with big things while they are small. Difficult tasks have easy beginnings. Large undertakings begin as small actions.” ~ Daodejing Chp. 63

One small act of picking up a pen and eight years later I’m still doing it. I had stop for quite some time after graduating from college. Resigning myself to the fact that maybe the creative path wasn’t the best course to take in life and settled for something more practical and safe; a desk job at a medical billing company that led to over a decade of administrative work in the healthcare field. But in the winter of 2009, what was innate in me begun to stir again, so I picked up a pen and this drawing came out. It begun as a bunch of circle at first. I hadn’t set out to create anything particular. I just wanted to create something, even if it just turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of stippled circles on a page. But this little creature emerged from a shell. Maybe in some subconscious way it was a symbolic manifestation of my own transformation of slowly embracing what I had become afraid to be…an artist. A lot of internal struggles have been quietly fought and won over the years that make me look back at this drawing and feel thankful that I didn’t try to silent my creative energy that winter in 2009 and allowed myself to begin again.

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6 thoughts on “To Begin Again

  1. Love the drawing and the story behind it. Very inspiring! It’s funny cause lately, I’ve been getting subtle nudges to start following my own standard and not society’s, especially with career. I’m curious where life will flow but I am just trying to go with it and stay aware of the nudges and signs. Thanks for sharing this. This is just another sign from the Universe.

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    1. In Chinese culture dragons symbolize power and benevolence. I hadn’t thought of the little creature as being a dragon but at your suggestion I’ll probably imagine it as such from now on. I like dragons. 😊

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