Texture provided by Kim Klassen Café: Felicity
When I stumbled across this quote, I read it many times before I realized how much I liked it. In my mind, I can picture Matisse painfully laboring away on one of his paintings…pouring everything he has into getting it “just right.” As we look at his paintings, we see his avant-garde use of color to create emotion, his total disregard for proportion and unconventional interpretations. What we don’t see is the personal sacrifice and angst that was also probably part of the process. The countless hours of preparation and the weeks or months of painting…probably at the expense of everything else.
How many times do we put forth great effort in accomplishing a goal, and in the end realize no one will probably ever know the real price that was paid? The road may have been incredibly hard and we may have made many personal sacrifices to achieve the success others see now. Sure, on the outside, it may look like it was easy…the final result being something others can applaud and appreciate. But behind the scenes, only we know how much blood, sweat, tears and fears it took to get to that point.
And maybe that’s enough.
Submitted for ABC Wednesday