what do you choose

We all have the ability... we just don’t all have the courage to follow our dreams and to follow the signs.
— paul coelho

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon hanging out with my friend, Dani Suplicka, at a local artisan fair. This was her first booth experience, offering her intuitive paintings and prints, and I went along to "help". I really didn't nothing more than just hang out, chatting, and admiring her young son. 

After a break of visiting the other booths, I came back and Dani told me, "Well, I had my first, 'I could do that.' comment" She went on to say that the woman had quietly said it to her husband while standing at Dani's booth. Of course, being the gracious woman that she is, Dani just brushed that off because it is an expected response. If you offer your work to the world, someone is going to stand in front of it and think or say, "I could do that." 

Given the opportunity to respond to that person, here is what I would say. These words are sincere without any snark. This is truly what I believe. 

Yes. Yes, you can. You can do this. Now go do it. It won't look like my art. It won't be better or worse; it will be yours. I am not here selling paintings because I believe that I am the only person who can do this. To the contrary, I believe that anyone can do this. Anyone who chooses to do this work, can do it. 

You can choose to answer the call. You can choose to spend hours and hours in front of an easel building trust with yourself. You can learn that its less about how to paint and more about why you paint and what is happening in you while you paint. This is soul work and this work is available to anyone who is ready and willing to confront self and wrangle the ego into submission so that soul can shine. 

Can you do that? Can you show up and do soul work? If you choose this, it will be simultaneously amazing and terrifying. You will be stripped down to raw form. That kind of vulnerability is a strong force. There will be lots of questions and few answers. Though it is the most difficult thing you have ever done, you will not want to quit. You will show up day after day to do this work because you cannot do anything less than to pry the bars of the cage open. Freedom is just on the other side. 

I believe in you. I believe that you can do this. Let's be honest though. You aren't doing it. If you were, you would never say something like that. If you were doing it, you would honor another person's work. Those of us who have made the choice to engage in soul work and the creative process have no judgment for the product. The product is neither good nor bad. We see the process; we honor the way.

So now, the choice is yours. Will you do it? Will you choose this path?