A Painting A Day: Day 5, July 8th 2012

"Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

 While searching frantically for jobs in New York, I was actually hired by a Chelsea restaurant. Upon reading the Yelp reviews, however, I wondered about the quality of food service and management.  Nevertheless, I gave it a shot and spent the better part of Sunday shadowing a server.  The work wasn't too hard: just a different computer system and some slight changes in how they served in comparison to the Quarter Barrel Brew Pub in Ohio...but the main thing that turned me off was the morale. Repeatedly, my inquiries of how the servers liked working there or how much money they made were met with vague and disaffected responses.  And they didn't even tip me out for helping with tables! I thought to myself: I'm done with this

Working as a server these past few years has been lots of fun.  I grew as a person and gained profound respect for the services of  restaurant kitchens, management and wait-staff.  But I'm afraid that my time in this particular world has ended.  Like a snake that has out-grown its skin, I cannot go back to what served me yesterday: I must forge on and grow a new set of scales (think: scales~octaves~vibrations).  

This watercolor brought me back to my MFA thesis at the New York Studio School.  Deeply affected by the Bill Moyers/Joseph Campbell interview on PBS, I wrote a thesis applying Campbell's message,"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls," to my own path as an artist and human being.  The "to serve or not to serve" issue that arose the other day is an opportunity to apply Campbell's teachings.  Sometimes you must be brave and forge ahead into unknown territory, perhaps take a minor pay-cut to pursue a job that makes you happy, rather than struggle along, half-dead, in a miserable environment just to stay alive.  And you know? When you are happy and following your bliss, perhaps an unforeseen opportunity will arise and you will receive that pay that you were hoping for, or be asked to display your artwork, or hear of another wonderful opportunity.

"Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you.  
The future will take care of itself." ~Paramahansa Yogananda

"As you follow your life's course, do not be afraid to be who you are.  It matters not that you do not fit a mold.  Better to have not fit in at all than to have missed your Truth.  Every being has his or her own gifts and challenges.  Follow your heart to the end, come what may.  I wish you well on your journey." ~Merlin 

 (from "Merlin and The New Camelot: The Birth of Collective Christ Consciousness",
a wonderful new book by Alison L. James, available in paperback and hardcover with accompanying CD, and downloadable at GatherInsight.com


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