Last Friday I came across a thought provoking post on Seth Godin's Blog about a beautiful glass sculpture that contains a clock stopped at 0:00. The clock is real, waiting to start ticking. But in order to start the clock you must break the fragile glass sculpture. That was your choice. You have something beautifully constructed, a work of art, but time will not start unless you "break" your comfort zone and be willing to start new in the unknown.
We receive messages all the time. Sometimes, the message is so familiar to the messages we've received in the past we "tune it out" the way our kids do when we tell them to clean their rooms.
And sometimes a message comes through that rings such a bell of authenticity within your personal psyche that you suddenly "get it."
This is one of those messages for me.
Although it seems logical that life should proceed in a linear fashion, with one accomplishment leading naturally into the next, more often it becomes a spiral. Each rotation of "learning" comes back to the starting point and we are faced with the choice of standing there admiring our beautiful glass sculpture or breaking the glass.
Starting that clock requires that we "break" with the past, or safety, or the comfort zone we've created. Maybe, like me, there is fear beneath the hesitancy. What do I risk if I do this?
But turn the question around and ask yourself, what have I compromised in order to keep this security?
If you have compromised your artistic dreams, then you have no other choice but to lift that hammer.