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Here’s a New Year’s resolution that might help you keep some of those others: Awaken the artist in you…every day.

This comes from Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit who believed that we all have an artistic nature and that this artistic nature can be applied to all of life.

Here is his quotation—and it deserves some quiet, thoughtful reflection:

“Art, when really understood, is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing. When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens and shows there are still more pages possible.”

 One way to go through a day or a life is to run in place. To idle. To live under a security blanket. To take for granted.

Another way is to approach all of life as the artist we are. This is a way that reaches down to the deepest and best and most alive and joyful parts of us and brings those to the surface again and again.

Is there an art of living an ordinary day?

Is there an art of relaxing? And an art of working?

Is there an art of having an argument? An art of handling anger? 

Is there an art of being with children?

Is there an art of conversation?

Is there an art of failure? As well as of success?

Is there an art of dealing with crowds? And loneliness?

Is there an art of solitude?

Is there an art of laughing? And weeping?

Is there an art of dealing with pain? Illness?

Is there an art of loving? Of being human?

Is there an art to being the one and only you?

Could this be the year you explore more deeply your artistic side?