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Small is Bigger Than You Think

As artists and visionaries, picturing “the big moment” or an ultimate dream takes up space in the brain. It’s easy to believe you will “arrive” one day. However, this is simply not true. No one ever “arrives”. We are all on our own journey with much more in common that we realize. And sometimes, we don’t comprehend how important the little things we do are—stepping stones along a journey—until it knocks us over the head. Examples include:

  • Writing an article instead of a manuscript
  • Acting in a student film before a bigger budget project
  • Taking a basic pottery class
  • Carrying around a sketchbook

When was the last time you took a small step and really congratulated yourself for it? Instead, many artists demean themselves for “not being good enough”, “successful enough”, “brave enough”, and the list could go on and on. That is dangerous. In its place, we must embrace the beginnings we fearlessly choose; wholeheartedly believing that it will lead us to the next step and the next…

Recently, I was quite surprised at how meaningful a seemingly small project became to me. Over the course of a few weeks, I acknowledged how vital this beginning move was, using the energy from that experience to keep me going on to the next phase. Are there any projects or movements you’ve taken that you need to recognize as “big deals”? How can you use the energy and satisfaction gained from those experiences to further you along your artistic journey?

So, today’s another quote-loving day! But really, what day isn’t? Check out these inspirational tidbits to help you understand how crucial those first small movements are and where they will lead…

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” – Scott Reed

“Courage is one step ahead of fear.”– Coleman Young

“Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.”—Julia Cameron

“I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“All great things have small beginnings.”—Peter Senge

“When you do something small but you put your whole heart into it, it can be very powerful. It can change your whole world.”–Diego Luna

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” –Ram Dass

“My travels led me to where I am today. Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunities.”—Diana Ross

“The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.” –Julia Cameron

Happy Thanksgiving!

Crystal

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3 thoughts on “Small is Bigger Than You Think

  1. sammiebennett on said:

    Ah, Crystal Lou, this is just so refreshing. “No one ever “arrives”. We are all on our own journey with much more in common that we realize.” This is so very true. I believed this myth for so, so long before realizing, hey, life is happening right now! In answer to your question, I think the big-deal stuff for me centers around Penumbra. It’s crazy when I look at all the ordinary steps it took for Penumbra to really take shape. So many small, small steps. Thankful for you, Crystal dear!

    • Thanks, Sammie. I am amazed at how you are being led with Penumbra! It is so cool. I was just quickly reading about the small steps, fears, insecurities some major actresses were sharing (Sally Field, Helen Hunt, etc.) in an article…I will have to share. It is always mind-boggling to read that stuff for me. Very encouraging. We are all human and need to encouraged one another! Love you!

  2. Michael Black on said:

    Great quotes, a good reminder that if we think we’re standing still, we’re actually loosing ground. It reminds me of what Pastor Tim always says about Jesus, he is always “taking ground” never defending or retreating. Have a great Thanksgiving, see you soon! Love ya, Dad

    Sent from my iPhone

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