I have a songwriter friend who once complained, I’m loving the music, but the music isn’t loving me back. I’m speaking to the universe, but the universe doesn’t giving a damn. What the hell?
It’s a struggle we can all relate to. The frustration of doing the work, but having nothing to show for it. When it feels like days, weeks and sometimes months are passing with nothing happening other than our own continuing efforts. Ugh.
But we must remember, the winds of business change quickly. One day we’re sweating a dangerously low bank balance, the next day we’re booking business faster than we can deliver it. One day we don’t feel special enough to tell our story, the next day we’re so busy creating that we forget to eat lunch.
The key is not to panic. Doing so only creates an undercurrent of anxiety that undermines whatever work we do in the meantime. Instead, we learn how to function at a comfortable equilibrium. We learn how to build emotional stability in any situation. And we learn how to weather droughts through the many seasons of life. Those emotional muscles take years to build, but when you finally realize that disappointments that used to send you into an emotional tailspin now feel like minor inconveniences, you know you’ve passed a milestone.
The point is, true artists are buoyant enough to bounce back. They trust themselves, trust the process and trust the marketplace. They take things seriously, but not personally. And they remember that they’re pawns in the universe’s cosmic game of chess, and the sooner they learn to appreciate every move, good or bad, the more enjoyable the game will be.
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