In my journey with my love for writing and for various arts (even if some do not love me back), I learned that the greatest hindrance to one’s full potential is fear.
The fear that you will not measure up. The fear that goes ahead before faith. The fear which creates reasons not to try. The fear that cripples your wings before you even flap it for you to fly. The fear of people’s criticism. Name it and it is unending.
But I learned that the moment I learned to embrace my fear, I was no longer afraid to fail. One of the reasons also why we are afraid to try is because of pride. I remember how I was afraid to write because of fear of criticisms. But the moment the Lord convicts my heart that it was pride that hinders me to explore my full potential, to flap my wings and fly, that’s where I get to learn so much. When there is pride, it is so hard to learn from others because you want to be viewed as someone who is infallible. But reality is we all fail in some points.
You alone knows better what you want to do and what you can do because you will be the one to do it. But it is also very helpful to be surrounded with the right people. Those who can appreciate you for who you are and what you can do but at the same time straightforward enough to criticize you to be better. Criticisms are good in some ways because it makes you stronger and better. Stronger in a sense because you no longer run away from your fear of criticisms. You face it head on and have learned to filter it; to be wiser which to discard and which you can learn from.
When there is something that is in your heart that you want to do, one must be brave enough that life is a long and winding road and it will not be as easy as you think to traverse that road. So you learn to brace for the storm ahead of time and prepare. In this way, you don’t yield to the power and deceit of fear when challenges come, but rather you face it with faith, courage and humility and most of all to prepare yourself in the journey.
I wrote this after the preparation of this calligraphy name tags/bookmarks because it taught me that somehow there is progress in my journey. I can still remember how I posted before even letterings which has no harmony at all but which at that time, I feel like I had the best handwriting and lettering in the universe or at least in town. Looking back, it is important that we get to learn to enjoy and be thankful with the journey itself, so that even when nobody gets to appreciate your work, you can keep going, knowing that you love what you are doing even when it can be hard at times.
Every imperfection is part of the journey. And so it should not hinder you to carry on. Every imperfection encountered can be a great way to be better so long as you do your best in the process. And I would not have created something like this had I not undergone that exploration journey as I pray and trust in the Lord in the process.
Be brave enough to nurture the skills and talents He gave you. You have it for a purpose. Use it. Share it. And just like iron that is eaten by rust especially when not in use, so is our skills and talents. So let’s use it wisely and use it for His honor and glory:)
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” – Prov. 16:3