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You Inspire Others by Your Art

Steve Pressfield  in The War of Art said it best “The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.”

No truer words have been said and yet many don’t even know they do it.

share your story, inspire others

We spend hours laboring to master our craft. To fine tune it so it will be perfect. Then we release it into the wild for public view and it lands like a wet sock. All our work we feel was for nothing.

Stay true to yourself. Those words you write. The lines you draw. Whatever your craft, your art may be. Others notice. They are watching you and you inspire them. Sure you may not get the accolades and comments or traffic you were hoping for. The key is you did not let fear stop you, you punched it in the face, you created art.

We live our lives hoping to make a big splash, yet we sometimes miss the ripple. The waves we create by our actions makes all the difference in others. Many people are ready to quit, throw in the towel. A kind word, a shared struggle, an example of sticking it out, that is all they need to hold on.

So as you labor late at night or early in the morning honing your art while others sleep. The hours may be long, your soul may be tired as you bleed onto the pages you write. Your sacrifice to create your work, your art inspires many you may never meet. Tell your story, draw the next doodle or create a new podcast. Whatever your craft may be, the world needs you, I need you.

I read a great deal of blog posts and articles fellow writers have written. Humbled by the words they share. Hoping one day I may match their art. Unaware that there may be someone out there that is doing the same with me. It is not about being like someone else, or comparing their stats with yours. If you are sharing your heart and doing it for the right reasons you will serve as that example and be someone’s inspiration.

Now its your turn: How do you craft your art so that the whole world may see your soul? Look forward to you sharing your works as you inspire others.



About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.

7 Replies

  1. Candace Crosby

    Very well put. We have too many depressing factors in today’s wold. There is a myriad of circumstances we have no control over, and it’s comforting to know there is a better life after this one. One verse has given me strength over the years ~ “Always be joyful, never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. Thessalonians 5: 16-18

    1. Even with all the depressing things in this world, if we can focus on the gifts we have and share them with others we can make lives of others better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments.

  2. This post is epic. You are an awesome writer.

  3. You are too kind David!

  4. Thank you! I needed those words. You too, continue to write, the world needs you!

    1. Keep on inspiring others! Thank you, it is for those like you that I write. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  5. Truth. Love Pressfield!