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Becoming an Artist of Life

Updated on June 3, 2011

Everyone has their philosophy on life. There are countless ways to go about making our lives more meaningful or easier to make purpose of. Most of us hear them growing up, yet never find a place for them to fit in our lives. Some of us learn of them through our own journey, never really understanding them until later in life. They can be found through stories, books, movies, music, and poems. You hear of great philosophies everywhere, some we can even quote. But are we stopping to really think about how they can be used for ourselves? 

Let's take a look at some of life's philosophies according to others:

"The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden.

"You can't make someone else's choices, you shouldn't let anyone else make yours." - Gen. Colin Powell

"When affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you or you defeat it." - Rosalind Russell

"You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action." - Anthony Robbins

"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Harvey Mackay

"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

These are just a few, but great reminders that can be read over and over. I happen to have a craving for inspirational words. I've recently found my interest in reading once again. And besides all of the great writing that can be found on Hubpages, I've found myself drawn towards books of inspiration and encouragement, words that can point my thinking in a direction of growth, and enlightenment. Reading or listening to anything or anyone who can turn my brain towards an unnatural way of thinking. Not in any way that is delusional or phsychotic! LOL! Yet, can turn me on to simply thinking in a way that takes more than just a mere thought that once read can just drift away. Thoughts that can continue to grow after they've initialized in my head.

The thought falls upon me today that our mind is a canvas. Now, once you can wrap your mind around that simple statement, it kind of all falls into place. I believe that through all of life's philosophies, there remains a constant idea, and that's brain power. Just imagine, with all that we know in recorded history and knowledge from brilliant minds such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Michelangelo, Sir Isaac Newton, and more. We as human beings compile all this knowledge with the fact that we only use 10% of our brains! That should be enough information alone to push us to put our brains to work even more for ourselves everyday. And do we? Some of us do, some of us don't.

My idea for writing this is just to share my thoughts with you. There's nothing more inviting to me than the idea of putting our minds to work for the sake of bettering ouselves therefore enabling us to help others do the same. This world is filled with and infinite amount of grief, suffering, pain, loss, and heartache. I believe the biggest obstacle and most rewarding in life is learning how to use our brain power for overcoming any of these and more. This is HUGE! Once we learn of the power we hold in choosing our thoughts and deciding what we feed our brains, there is truly nothing that can hold us back in life.

I believe that the most simplest way of discovering a more genuine everyday life is to use our minds as a canvas, becoming an artist of our lives. Making the decision to "think" about what we're thinking about is the first step. Don't just let thoughts easily appear into your head. An artist doesn't just wait for someone to splash colors onto the easel and then use those colors to paint. He prepares in his mind what he wants to portray, whether using watercolor, oils, paint, etc. Same with us in our everyday lives. We should go about our day with thoughts in our minds that we choose to think of. It's human nature that we all have random thoughts entering our minds. But if we become more conscious about these thoughts, we can learn to be more controlling of where they go. The random things can be displayed as creative works of art, the petty negativity that sometimes strays in can be thrown in the trash, rather than all of these things linger around together causing a confusing work of art. Think of an artist, he doesn't throw up purple, red, and green on the canvas and then decide which one would look better. He takes a step back, maybe tilts his head and thinks about the color he feels would fit best to his liking.

No, this isn't an attempt to make your life a living perfection. But! Merely a thought that became a result of thinking about how I've come to the point in life where I am right now. I contribute much of my happiness, joy, and fulfillment in my life to the simple fact that I had slowly but surely made this change in my thinking. My mind is a canvas. And I am life's artist. I choose everyday what my work of art is comprised of, and will result in. I don't get it perfect everytime, but at the end of the day I know I've made a conscious effort to make my work worth signing. We have the ability with our minds to find the positive in any negative, and ironically any negative through any positive. This is where we as human beings get caught up. We sometimes let our emotions rule in places where they shouldn't, and by becoming an artist of life, we can train ourselves up to the expert level of being able to live an everyday life that just shines! We need to take charge of our thoughts, they become who we are, what we say, what we do, and how we feel. Equally important, we need to learn how to continuously focus on our priorities in life. We get off track sometimes, but if you keep your focus knowing your goals, and your personal reasons for attaining them and just be honest with yourself, you are bound to create a masterpiece. One where others can see clearly your passion and love shine through as a result.

We all have our own journeys. But I felt that it was important for me to share this thought. For those out there that have crossed the same paths with my thinking, then great! We have something in common. But for anyone who may have not contimplated this idea, I felt could benefit at the very least of seeing another avenue towards simplicity, or clarity in their life.

May this thought find you in peace, with you emerging into becoming an artist of your own life, which in turn can aide in the enlightenment and inspiration for yourself and others! =)

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      _cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

      whoduono- Yes, I love that quote! Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, much appreciated. ;)

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      whodouno 6 years ago

      "You can't make someone else's choices, you shouldn't let anyone else make yours." - Gen. Colin Powell

      Absolutely Awesome!!!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thanks so much Cheeky Girl! Your comment is so kind, and very motivating for me. =) I get these thoughts sometimes that seem to just make complete sense to me, and thankfully I have HP to express them. It's even better when I read a comment like yours resulting in knowing that someone else can appreciate the same thoughts as myself. Thanks for the wonderful comment, take care!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      A hub brimming with inspiring warmth and some great encouragement. Your hubs are like taking a medicine that clears the mind's obstacles and enables the flow of thought once again. The analogy of art here is wonderful. What a great hubber you are! I am very impressed.

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thanks Habee, I'm glad you agree! We may not all be talented artists on canvas, but through our actions and self motivated thoughts we can be. =)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great analogy! We're all a blank canvas, and only we can select our hues and brush strokes!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Your welcome Tyrone, and thanks for your comment on mine! =)

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      Tyrone Smalls 7 years ago from Edi, Isl.

      Brilliant !!! Thanks for checking out my hub!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thanks so much skye2day!

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Beautiful writing Cheryl. Keep our thoughts on High is what I felt in your words. Amen sister. Very nice. Awesome to meet you. 'With Christ ALL things are possible'

      Many Blessings sister.

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Hi tim-tim! Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. =)

      Hello daisy storm, I've always truly admired those with a talent for art. I appreciate your comment, and love that I've been able to illustrate my thoughts to you! =)

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      daisy storm 7 years ago

      Great hub...food for thought, as I love art and appreciate those who have the talent as an artist. Love what you painted for our minds. :)

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Beautiful and well written! Thanks Cheryl!It is very inspirational!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      I really like that one too. Thanks for your comment Maita!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      "You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action." - Anthony Robbins

      I like that one very much Cheryl, keep on writing, Salamat! maita

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Feline Prophet, I'm happy that you appreciate the idea of my writing. I'm very glad that you took the time to read it, thank you!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      To be the artist of your life is such a lovely idea - the possibilities are infinite! :)

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thank you James. I'm touched that you found this inspiring. I find inspiration in many things, and my hope was to introduce a little bit of my point of view on this matter and maybe shed a little light for some on finding inspiration within themselves. I very much appreciate your compliment!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I thought I just left a comment but it disappeared! hmmm . . . Anyway, I enjoyed your Hub very much.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is a lovely Hub. Thank you for this inspiring piece of art.

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      betherann- Thanks you!

      mikielikie- Thanks so much! I really appreciate when anyone takes the time to read my thoughts. Glad you stopped by. =)

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      mikielikie 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow! What a wonderful blog! I'm new to this kind of stuff so, reading your blog gives me an idea of how to be a better hubber. That said...thank you for your very nice comments on my blog. And yes, I take every picture that I put on my blog.I love it. I'm new to photography too so when someone likes them I am happy to know. Thank you.

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Lovely hub! :)

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thank you very much entertainmentplus!! =)

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thanks for your comment singlemomat52! I'm happy to hear that you found this informative. It was a thought that just came to me one morning and I had to write it out, I appreciate you taking the time to read it. =)

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading Nellianna. I'm glad you agree. From what I've read of you, we seem to share similar thoughts. I agree with you about perfection. Life is not perfect. It's about being human, and understanding how to go with the flow of what life brings us, and how we decide to react to it. Living life is a continuing learning process, without it's bitterness, we wouldn't be able to taste the sweetness so well. Plus there's no fun in "perfection"! =) Thanks again for stopping to read this!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Very flattered by your comment De Greek! Thank you. Our thought process has more ability than some people give credit for. Until we decide to plug into it and dig deep, our lives can become quite complicated. Life's beauty is found in it's simplicity. Happy to hear that you enjoyed this. =)

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Well written hub..

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful Hub. Brimming with information. Thank You!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Exactly! The greatest artist is the artist of life in its fullest sense! We truly do paint our own canvas and choose our own palette. Life is the most precious thing we can know on Earth and it's more than mere survival. "Quality of life" truly means LIFE. Less than that is less than life. Your article so beautifully tells of it! As you say - it's not equivalent to perfection. In fact, in my lexicon, "perfect" is equivalent to static, needing nothing, so basically finished. Where's the life in that?

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      All life is miraculous to me ( and to everyone else I imagine) but the human species is so very special. And you are such a wonderful example of our species, using your thought process to investigate, research, bother, search, question and so many other complicated processes. It is such a pleasure reading your hubs :-)