To think of the immense wall of potential hidden deep within our being,
to understand that the nature of mind is fundamental purity and kindness,
and to mediate on its luminosity, will enable you to develop self-confidence and courage
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz.
“All you need is confidence in yourself.
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger.
The true courage is in facing danger when you
are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”
–L. Frank Baum
Lora explains why this is her favorite quote:
As artists the most negative feedback we get, which seems to present the greatest problems for us, is the feedback we give ourselves. The stories we tell ourselves about how we’re not good enough, we’re not as talented; innovative or skilled as our current creative crush. The unhealthy stories we replay from childhood, stories that well meaning advisors repeat or stories that the unknown “they” tell which we give credence to. The only thing that really holds us back is ourselves. I know that that is true for me. Whether I call not submitting for a publication or a teaching engagement or whatever laziness; forgetfulness; disinterest; lack of time… the real excuse always boils down to lack of confidence.
About Lora: I’m a metal clay senior instructor who is trying to activate her creative side.