One of the things my life has taught me is that no matter how smart, or creative you are, you will still have bad days. Last Friday was like that for me. Every time I started writing something, I would be interrupted to do something else. When I came back to the writing, I was frustrated and I didn’t like what I had written, so I deleted it. I went through this three times before writing my blog on patience.
That same night, as I dumped the trash, I saw three very beautiful paintings that were thrown out by the artist. I wrestled with the idea of whether to rescue them or not but I had to go to work, so I decided to leave them. When I started walking away the thought someone throwing out such lovely paintings really bugged me. The artist spent hours working on creating something to express an emotion, in a way I never could, and all they could do was get rid of it.
I don’t need to tell anyone how sacred I hold the freedom to express one self. It wasn’t until I had made it half way to work when a thought hit me; I was guilty of doing the exact same thing. Sure, it wasn’t painting, but when I hit that delete button, I was destroying something I was creating. If I had saved the writing, I could rewrite them until I was satisfied, but instead I took away my own works of expression.
It reminded me of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s not to say that there are people out there building shrines to their neighbor’s candy wrapper. What it does say to me is that once I write something, instead of deleting it if I don’t like the way it’s going, I should edit it to my satisfaction, then send it on to readers.
I’m not painting the Sistine chapel, I’m not saving the world from evil, but if just one person can get something positive from what I write, then it’s worth too much to throw out.
On a side note, I went back the next morning and was able to rescue one of the paintings. It is a painting of a little girl holding a yellow flower, and her gaze is focused only on that flower. I’m going to have it framed and hung as a reminder to save my writing, rather than deleting it.
Challenge: Look at something you’ve created, but didn’t particularly like. See if you can rework it to your satisfaction. Don’t deny someone the gift of your expression.