2/7/15 Notes to Myself:Embracing uncertainty empowers my ability to live and soar free. As an artist this often comes to the forefront of my experience both internally and externally. It's a critical component to my painting and creative expression because it unhooks me from controlling outcomes and opens the door to experience. It takes courage to be an artist. Often to the outside world it's a path riddled with the unknown. That's one of the many gifts. There are no illusions in that regard. Perhaps this level of honesty is difficult to accept. I think it's often hidden from view along other paths where there appears to be more guarantee of those "things" we value and hold so dear. The things that supposedly promise us security. But do they? Or, is that the illusion we invest in to feel safe in life, which by it's very nature is filled with uncertainty. Or is it the illusion behind choices we make that don't fit what's in our heart? Artists by their very nature push back the shield of illusion, in my opinion. They challenge certainty and provide clues to what's in our hearts by exposing theirs. We don't have to look. We can avoid the discomfort of feeling and keep living within illusions. We don't have to become vulnerable to uncertainty. But the fact is we are! As long as we are living and breathing we will be faced with uncertainty. So why not embrace this truth and soar.