Everyone in the blogosphere has been sharing their word or phrase for the year. Lots of Joy, Focus, Finish, Commitment, etc.
I thought for awhile. I read something in a blog about a Nancy Crow workshop about how you have to give up some things if you want some other things... I.e. success as an artist.
So I decided my word is "Sacrifice."
I have been trying over the last few years to be a more positive person. That doesn't always come naturally to me. But I feel like this word sums up what my attitude has to be. For too many years - like, oh, about fifty - I have convinced myself and others that I can "do it all." Career, Rotary, Planning Commission, Art, Home, Garden... etc.
I have to face the fact that I can't. The success that I crave as an artist is going to have to come at the expense of weeds in the perennial border, or tomatoes that rot on the vine. The bedroom might not get painted, and the dog will have mats under his ears. It's worth it.
I could use "trade-offs" as a slightly less negative word, but I think that "sacrifice" gets closer to the heart of it. What sacrifices are you willing to make for your art?