"If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working." Vincent Van Gogh.
.....a voice within you.....That negative running commentary we so often have looping around in our heads is a bad and terrible thing.Most of us do silence it by working - but not always with the work (or talent) we deep down feel led to do, but are scared to acknowledge. We busy ourselves with scrubbing the walls and alphabetizing the spices and washing the car....anything to quiet the voice or to acknowledge what that noise is covering. The most effective people are those who work at what they love, what they are called to do. Vincent Van Gogh had his demons, but his paintings continue to delight and intrigue and inspire. (and, I have to say it, cutting off part of one's ear does not make the voice go away...I can only pray Mr. Van Gogh found peace in heaven). - Beth Almond Ford