Today’s post is a little different because I am expressing something that has been rattling around in my head for a long time. I am also wanting to know how it hits home with any of you.
When I started to learn how to paint, some 25+ years ago, I kept hearing instructors and artists saying, “Enjoy the process.” It irritated me because so many people said it AND they said it as if it was a mantra AND I was supposed to know what it meant. Let me tell you, I was not enjoying the process, yet I was not going to stop learning. Why did they keep saying this and without any explanation? I didn’t understand, which added to my frustration and feeling as if something was wrong with me.
Mind you, upon reflection, I don’t know why I never asked anyone what “enjoy the process” meant. Perhaps, because it was always said in such a knowing way and I kept wondering what I was missing. I guess I didn’t want to look stupid by asking for clarification. (Side note: being shy in asking a question is not my normal behavior, as some of you know. LOL!)
Do you ever tire of the phrase? When you first heard it, what was your reaction? Did you comprehend its meaning?
Let me give you some personal background. [Read more…]