May 6, 2010
In Linchpin, Seth Godin tells us to live our art. In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller tells us to live a good story. Do what you were created to do.
My good friend Sushma is a quilter. She’s also an amazing writer, but she quilts even in her writing. Short pieces are called “scraps”. When she writes deeply about a topic, she’s focusing on a 2×2 square in the quilt block. She uses quilting terminology when she talks about her writing. At her core, she’s a textiles artist. But through her writing, she’s bringing redemption to the world. Shining light on issues that people run from. She’s living her art.
You don’t have to be an artist or a writer to be living your art. My good friend and walking buddy Wanjiru started a non-profit to raise money for scholarships in Kenya. These scholarships go to bright, but under-resourced young girls who have the potential to be among the next generation of leaders in Kenya. Not only has she started this scholarship fund, but she’s also teaching young adults at the university level about the structural difficulties in the developing world that keep the poor in poverty. And, she’s challenging many well-meaning philanthropic organizations to carefully re-evaluate the kinds of help that they provide. She is doing what God created her to do, and she is living her art.
My friend Leanne turned me on to Mimi Kirchner, an amazing artist who makes dolls. I’m not a big fan of dolls, but I would have her work in my living room. Take a look at the video about her. She’s living her art. When people are doing what they were created to do, you can tell.