My husband and I saw a great movie last week starring our favorite actress, Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”.
It’s a true story about a woman who always wanted to be a singer even though she couldn’t carry a tune. Meryl Streep does a great job of bad singing, especially when one considers she really can sing.
Without giving away the whole thing, let’s just say that her “partner” played by one of my other all-time favorites, Hugh Grant, supports her in her endeavor. She ends up singing at Carnegie Hall no less.
But one line in the movie really hit home with me. It’s this”
“People may say I can’t sing, “but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”
I love that! It’s so true, too.
I love what are called “Sunday paintings” which I always look for at thrift shops and garage sales. “Sunday paintings are paintings by amateur painters. They’re usually pretty bad. But every once in a while, I come across one that is pretty good.
But after seeing this movie, I doubt I will ever again judge some of them as “bad”. Because it isn’t the product that is important (unless one is trying to sell them, of course) it’s that the painter enjoyed the process of painting. Or as Florence Foster Jenkins would say, “People may say I can’t paint, but no one can ever say I didn’t paint”.
How many things have you not attempted because the outcome might be terrible? How many have I?
When I look back at some of my oldest posts, I cringe. What was I thinking? And yet, with practice and hard work, I’m much better. (It’s for you to judge how much better.)
As far as painting goes, it comes naturally to me. I call the green pears my “green” stage and the
orangish pears, my “organish” stage. 🙂 The first three are watercolors. The last one is a collage along with acrylic paint.
But working with wood, for example, not so much. And yet this year for Christmas I’ve made some projects using this underdeveloped skill and they’ve turned out pretty good but they’re definitely not master quality. “People may say I can’t hammer a nail straight, but they can’t say I haven’t”.
So in light of the above, don’t be afraid to fail. I had never drawn a picture before and yet I was able to paint somewhat proficiently from the beginning. Who knew?
God has a storehouse of talents and abilities for each of us. They may not be as “visible” as painting for example, but show me a good cook and I’m in awe. I have a cousin who is an amazing cook. I can only dream. And yet I cook, and bake, and try my best.
Be willing to take that first step. You never know how far you might go.
God bless and have a good day.