What to Do with Trophies

March 16, 2012

Oh Creative One! Every year on American Idol, it is the same thing. A singer is told that he/she has the “best voice” yet, or heard today or ever.  Early on, if you can hit a note and wear deodorant and pass for sane, then you are deemed to have a great voice and are slathered with compliments. I have been in a similar position. When someone likes my writing, a part of me is relieved and relaxed and thrilled. It feels  simply good to hear that someone else sees why you like what you do. Then, later on in the competition, the contestant falters. He/she fails to get the votes or hit the notes. What then? Where do the contestants go?  How abandoned the contestant must feel. How let-down the contestant must feel. Once told he/she was amazing and then told that he/she failed and is no longer the “best voice” yet, today, ever….

Adored Creative One! I’ve got a task for you. When you receive these compliments, I want you to put them on a shelf in your heart as if they were trophies. I want you to keep them as shiny markers of a moment in time. View these compliments as markers of the time when your talent and your hard work collided with another’s recognition. Put them on that shelf in your heart. Look at them now and then. Buff them up and let them sparkle. But do not take them with you when you walk out your door. They will become too heavy to carry and cumbersome if you take them all. What’s more, what will you do when you fail? Carry that with you too? No, these compliments and failures are simply markers in time. Do not let them get in the way of your gifts. Now, get back to work.

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