We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are

We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are. – Anaïs Nin –

This might be the reason why ten or even hundreds of people can paint the same flower and yet every drawing is different, as much as every person who paints is a unique person, seeing this particular flower in a different way.

One day in a week I am painting with a group of about ten other women, each of us different and unique. Every time we meet we will sit down and have some kind of conversations, nothing to deep and nothing to important, sometimes there is even some gossiping.

Every so often the person leading the class is introducing some well known artist and the discussion goes on if this is art or not. The old and repeating arguments of “oh, it is just connection”, “oh, it is just he was together with her”, “oh it was just because she was acting crazy to it” some up and stick with the group, wanting them to believe that this is the real reason why people become well known.
There is sometimes the argument of talent, yes, this counts as well, but I was the only one who argued that it is the doing, the boldness of the artist to do it and not to just say, oh I could do this too.

I think we are too often tempted to argue in the same way in many different situations of our life’s. we always think and want to make ourselves believe that this and that situation made others get what they wanted and because we lack of this or that we did not get to this point.

We should train and learn that the way we see things and the way we act on things will define our life, and that the things we see are the way because it is us who is seeing.


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