Recently I’ve been talking with friends. Things happen in life. We need to talk things over.
If we are very lucky our friends give us warm, compassionate, heartfelt, and world-wise wisdom while we chat.
I think it is important that we listen to that advice. Listen both as a person and as an artist.
Sometimes what grows out of that advice is a project, or a change of direction, or a confirmation that it’s full steam ahead.
We don’t always know on the first day which of those things is actually happening. But as an artist and a person, we sit and listen. And then we act.
And we act again and again through creation.
Over time things add up.
Then maybe we can see what it has all been about. Then we can see if it was a new project, a change of direction, or a confirmation—or a hybrid of some sort incorporating things neither we nor the friends imagined.
Nothing profound is happening. We only know something is either growing or not growing, or shifting even if it is only to recommit. We don’t know which.
Nothing profound is happening but we know there is a difference. We sense it in our peripheral vision just behind our shoulder.
I think we stunt the growth of these things by talking too much, and not listening enough.
And we may even try hard to ascribe some sort of universal meaning to something that has none to anyone but the particulars. Perhaps sometimes all Roz wants to do is draw beards, even from her imagination.
What is it that “is all you want to do”?
Are you listening enough?