Good to Be Seen
"I feel cheated, I guess," the young woman said. "I thought others would see the work, too, and not just him."
She's an amateur model, who works as a muse only infrequently. She doesn't get paid and she is particular with whom she work. Her reward is that others see the creative fruits of the collaborative labors between her and the artists she inspires. For the photographer she spoke about, it was a disappointment for her because he has not used the images for his web sites, exhibitions or other outlets.
Her dilemma pertains not just to those in the creative arts. Almost every breath we take has the potential to be part of our expressive self, whether it is for a moment in thought or a dance or the assembly of something large or small. We are creators. And we like our work to be seen, particularly when we believe we've done well. Whether it was art we asked our mother to hang on the refrigerator, or a project we assisted with at work, or a new dish conjured up in the kitchen, we want our work to be seen and/or experienced by others.
Share what you create, no matter how humble it is; share your appreciation for what others have created, too.
Listen to Life is a free newsletter about learning and getting more from life by paying attention to our own stories and the stories of others, based on the presentations, writings, photography and workshops by Dion McInnis (www.dionmcinnis.com). Copyright 2009 Dion McInnis. All rights reserved.