Know When and Where to Draw the Line

Ink on Watercolor Paper – Words: G. K. Chesterton

I had a scrap piece of paper that I had utilized to experiment in making arrows for another piece. It has been sitting on my desk for months. I added the word art and found the quote, so this is the end result. Art and morality IS about drawing a line.

Art is a very subjective topic. Everyone has their own opinion and ideas about what art is, what they like, and what they do not like. Just because you make it does not mean people are going to like it. Art cannot be made without taking a risk, trying new things, taking a stand and putting pen or pencil or even color to paper. It also means being rejected, criticized or even ignored. Morals have that same impact.

I was in a meeting recently and someone brought up a political election. I raised my hand and asked if we would please keep politics out of the room. The person who started the discussion looked shocked. I then nicely added that we are all getting along so well, let’s not make things contentious by brining politics into the space. They agreed, and we moved on. Why did I do that? I knew that my opinion would be the minority in the space and I would have to endure great turmoil if I voiced my thoughts and morals. In essence I stood my ground in order to not have to stand my ground.

Sometimes we have to draw the line – nicely, firmly, appropriately – in order to get things done. We have to stand up for ourselves and what we believe, even if it means having everyone agree to be quiet. Am I willing to fight for what I believe – absolutely! Am I willing to do it in every forum, with all sorts of people I don’t know AND when it has no value other than to cause strife in the room? Not always. There is no reasons to pick a fight when the audience doesn’t give a big whoop about the topic of that fight. Wisdom has taught me when to pick my battles and when to let a sleeping dog lie.

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. Be willing to fight and know when to let that fight go. Your self esteem, self confidence, relationships and professional world will all go better when you learn when and where to draw the line.

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