The Secret to Life

I never know what anyone is REALLY thinking.

I never know what the "best" strategy is for my art, business, or personal life.

I can't see how my decisions will affect me in 10 years.

I can't see who I will (or won't) meet.

And I can't see a finished painting before it's done.

Further, none one of us know where we came from before we were born, or what happens when we die.

All of these unknowns make me feel like I'm living life with blinders on.

Like the answers are out there, I just can't quite reach them.

Digital manipulation of acrylic painting

I used to get so annoyed by all this. I was plagued with questions like:

  • How do I know when to settle for my current relationship/career/living situation, or keep looking for a more ideal one?
  • How do I know if the ideal situation is even possible?
  • How will these decisions affect the rest of my life?

The I realized that all these questions make two huge assumptions - that we can control the course of our lives and that we can predict the future outcomes of our decisions.

Living under these assumptions leads to constant second guessing and anxiety, making life gloomy and difficult.

Five years ago I never would have imagined I'd be doing what I'm doing today. And I bet the same goes for you.

There is a reason we are all living with blinders on, unable to see future outcomes and know the mysteries of life.

It's because the joy of living is in the unfolding.

We weren't meant to know the future. I wasn't meant to see a painting before it's done, or how my art will look five years from now.

"The Unfolding" - Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 36"

I have to surrender to the mystery - the creation process - and trust that things will come together on the canvas, one painting at a time.

Just as we have to witness our lives unfold, one moment at a time.

Embrace the mystery, accept it, and LOVE it. Because the excitement of life is in the process, the becoming, the creating - the experiencing of things as they come together.

Life unfolds, we unfold - everything - constantly unfolds.

What is an unexpected event that changed the course of your life in a positive way?

Please let me know in the comments below - I'd love to hear from you.