Supportive Sentiments

For the vast majority of people, the world is a challenging place. Life will always find ways to disrupt you, throwing you off course. These challenges are not necessarily negative things; they force us to improve, to change, to rise to the current situation, and this makes them vital to any creative process. Lack of support does not need to be one of these challenges, however.

Perhaps the only thing more satisfying than spending your life doing the thing you love most is watching somebody else doing the same. To see them so happy in their work, so content, so proud of what they are achieving – regardless of their level – is the most magical thing, and it costs nothing to nurture this. I was originally just going to post the image below, but on finding myself here, I felt compelled to share my thoughts more personally. A word of encouragement is all it takes to keep someone’s spirits high, their determination true, and their progress developing. In our mad, material, money-grabbing world, where so much of their work will be lost or unappreciated, I think the artist deserves this much, at least.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. zkullis says:

    The power of support and encouragement is every bit as real and long-lasting as the brutality scorn and derision.

    A few kind words can change a person, their direction, or can fuel their drive if they are nearly spent. It’s so easy. Good post Thomas.

  2. jaimiengle says:

    You have no idea how much I needed to read this. I just lost my first friend who ‘disagrees’ with my writing horror and fantasy. It’s very sad to be judged on a personal level by an outlet that is there to express my confusion and hope in the world around me. What I’ve realized is that I write for me. If you happen to like it, too…well, that’s just awesome.

    1. zkullis says:

      That’s tough, Jaimie, I’ve had a similar experience. That kind of rejection is especially rough when it comes from a person that should be a supporter.

    2. Thomas Brown says:

      Hello Jaimie, I’m really sorry to hear that. I haven’t focussed on the negative opposite of encouragement in the post, but it’s safe to say that if someone is actively discouraging you from doing the things you love, and being the person you want to be, then you need to re-asses their place in your life anyway. If you need to write to make sense of the world (which I understand, as it is one of the reasons I write too) then keep writing, and find yourself in the company of people who appreciate that. You’ve found at least one of them here.

      1. jaimiengle says:

        Thanks a lot. Made me smile… 🙂

  3. Hunter Shea says:

    I never understood the end game of tearing someone apart when they’ve presented their work to the world. There’s enough negativity in the world.

  4. Joseph Pinto says:

    Excellent post Tom! Aside from Pen and others I’ve met online, I lack that constant source of encouragement. If you’re not a writer, or artist, or someone generally in a creative field, then you simply don’t “get” what it is we’re looking for: It’s not about “hey look at me!” It’s all about “Don’t be afraid to keep pushing.”

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