“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis
“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.” –Tao Te Ching, Translation by Stephen Mitchell
I was in an Oceanside vintage store looking at gifts for a friend. Minutes before, I received a lovely note about that day’s blog post. I was feeling pretty good about myself. Then I turned a corner in the store and spotted the above sign. I laughed out loud and instantly knew I had to buy it.
The sign now resides next to my desk. It’s a wonderful reminder of humility and that everything sucks. Meaning that whatever art we’re trying to make…be it a blog post, a poem, a painting, working on a character, etc…it sucks.
But if we’re passionate about it and have a strong why, if we care enough to stick it out, keep grinding, to slog away and be our own toughest critic, eventually…
P.S. – And what if after all that, others still think our art sucks?…That’s okay. We did the best we possibly could. We can always live with that.