Saturday, April 10, 2010

April Showers: Give

Hi folks, welcome to the blog this week. I'm attending the SCBWI Western Washington Annual Conference this weekend, so the post is ultra short.

Thousands of volunteer hours go into preparing for a huge conference like this. A conference like this is a great gift to the local writing and illustration community and has led me to today's topic. I think one of the best things you can do as a creative person is to practice generosity. GIVE. There it is, folks. Give your time. Give your talents. On my creative to-do list, there is space for pouring into the work of others. This is at the core of my work. No one is an island. Be a rainmaker, instead of someone waiting for the rain.

I've become a better writer by offering myself up as a muse, guidance counselor, cheerleader, or just the "unmoving rock" (this is gonna sell). By helping others, I've been challenged to be more, to dig deeper, and to reach for the stars. Being alone doesn't work for me. I turn inward and my light bounces around on the inside of me and never gets out.

Consider this week, what can you give to your artistic community?

Doodle of the week: "Star Picker."

Quote of the week: Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Eccl 11:1, The Message


Kjersten said...

Nice post, Molly. Thanks!

Vijaya said...

I think this is why I love teaching so very much.

MollyMom103 said...

Glad to inspire, Kjersten.

You are a fab teacher, Vijaya. I don't think I've ever met anyone who can synthesize information so well.