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deep thought wednesday – why are we so hard on ourselves?

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I’ve been beating myself up a lot lately over various things – why don’t I blog more? Why aren’t I making more art? Why can’t I <<insert activity here>>? 

It’s a terrible cycle that serves no one. Much of this is stemming from a studio that is completely out of commission. I’m finally doing the reno/reboot I’ve wanted to do for years and in classic Art Brain style, I thought it would only take me a few weekends to complete. Nope. Multiply that by “however long it takes” and that’s the timeline I’m stuck in right now. I know it will get done but it is such a mental block to getting anything done right now it’s ridiculous.

Anyway. Moving on from the complaining train…

I guess I’m thinking so much about why people are hard on themselves because of all that is going on. I mean, it’s hard not to feel the effects of negativity right now if you live in the United States. Too much swirling about, smacks you in the face every where you turn. And somehow I feel like maybe it starts with how we talk to ourselves – about how we need to extend kindness to ourselves before we can to anyone else.

Whatever the case, the world I know is full of happy, creative, kind people. And that’s how I want to live and how I want to engage with others. I’m going to start by not knocking myself over the head because some things in my art world have slowed a little bit. Seems like a small thing but I think that’s they way big things start, don’t you?



2 Responses to deep thought wednesday – why are we so hard on ourselves?

  1. Larissa October 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    So true, Lynn. I recently was advised to make a list of all the “shoulds” in my head…the things I think I should do but for some reason do not…then for each should, write a list of all the reasons why I should do them. It has been a great exercise, and very motivating!

  2. Margaret McDonald November 9, 2016 at 7:41 am #

    we do this to ourselves? don’t we. I just saw on amazon your new book coming next year. repeat to yourself- I have written a second book. WOW. be proud, be happy, be joyous. be kind to yourself.

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