Saturday, July 25, 2009

You're so sensitive.....

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. ~Paul Strand





While growing up I remember being intensely aware of everything around me. It didn't have to be anything remarkable... it was usually something very ordinary to most that I would find extraordinary in some way.

There were those who told me... "Oh .. you're just so sensitive!" because I also felt things deeply. I considered it a fault, one that I couldn't change.

One day a man who I consider very wise told me "Oh how lucky you are to be so sensitive!" I was shocked.... lucky??? He then explained to me that not everyone was as sensitive as I was, that I could feel music where they could only hear it... that I could smell the magic in a forest and they only saw trees... that I could feel the joy of colors where they only saw a picture...that I could truly see my world where others just looked at life pass them by. My life changed that day... he had given me the greatest gift...to be myself... and I will forever be grateful to him in his wisdom.

Perhaps his words can bring you that same joy.... so I pass them on.


Best...

Canace

13 comments:

Linda K said...

Oh yeah? Me too, and it is a VERY good thing most of the time. I would not trade it ever. 'Tis a true blessing.

ArtSnark said...

Wonderful post!

ArtPropelled said...

It is something I have experienced when out with non-artist friends. Artists seem to experience things in a different way .... finding the magic in the simplest of things. Perhaps I'm generalizing but we do seem to see art in everything.

MrCachet said...

After all these years - I thought it was just me. Now I know why we artists. This is a wonderful post which brings back memories of my own childhood that I've come to pass over. Not any more.

Jo Murray said...

Thoughtful post, and pertinent to most creative souls. Thanks.

Sharmon Davidson said...

I was always told I was "too sensitive" as a child, and it wasn't meant as a compliment. Thank you for reminding me that this sensitivity can also be a good thing.

Jill Zaheer said...

Art embodies all of the senses and to be sensitive is the ultimate compliment that an artist can receive. Wonderful post.

Poetic Artist said...

Words of wisdom..I do wish I had someone to have told me that years ago..Most of my life most people just think I am strange..Yet now I know it is a blessing..Thank you for sharing..I found you through Seth.
Katelen

dryadart said...

I am reading about flow and about people who are happy and one of the things that comes up again and again is this idea that everything is interesting. I too think that part of what makes an artist is this sensitive attention. Nice post!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I loved reading this post. What a wise man you met. Wise with wisdom and wise to recognize a young creative spirit in you. Thank you for passing along his wisdom to us all! *smiles* Norma
p.s. hoping this is not a double comment (I signed in mistakenly as my daughter a moment ago):)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm impressed by this post and the wisdom you have imparted. What a smart man you came in contact with. It's always wonderful when you learn you have a special gift.

Holly Dean said...

A beautiful truth to share! And I just included that same Paul Strand quote on my "extraordinarily reinvented" website. :) Isn't it wonderful how sensitive minds pick up on the beautiful things in the universe?

Kelly Warren said...

what wonderful words of wisdom. you truly were given a gift that day. that's for sharing it.