A couple of months ago my wife and I were on vacation, hiking in Southern Utah. While we were passing through the small community of Bluff UT, we stopped in at Comb Ridge Coffee for lunch. While we were there, I bought a tumbler created by one of the local artists. I was captivated by its shape, colors and feel and have enjoyed drinking ice water from it every day since arriving home. Not only is it a functional beverage container, it is a beautiful piece of art.
At first, it seems strange to refer to a beverage container as art. Usually when I think of art, an image of a painting usually comes to mind, or a song, photograph, or statue. However, art can be broadly defined to include anything done to an exceptional level or an extraordinary degree.
With this new art paradigm, my boundaries of what art is just exploded! Now, I see so much art around me. Things I never would have considered art before. Things like:
- Quality relationships
- Exceptional marriages
- Extraordinary parenting
- Superior leadership
In addition to my expanded definition of art, I also now see myself as an artist. Not as one who always creates exceptional or extraordinary results, but as one who is simply striving to do so.
It’s easy to tell ourselves, “I’m not an artist because I can’t draw, paint, sing …”, but that’s no longer true. This new paradigm, where anything done to an exceptional level or extraordinary degree is art, grants all of us great opportunity to become artists of our own lives. No longer is our form of artistic expression limited to paint, canvas, or clay. Now we can be artistic with the words we use to communicate, the care we take in building and cultivating important relationships, or the method we use to learn and explore the environment around us.
Today, begin seeing yourself as an artist and your life as the medium for creating a beautiful work of art. The world needs the beauty of the art you are capable of creating.