I listened to an interesting podcast today about the stained glass artist, Tom Holdman. He is a young man who has created and made stained glass windows for LDS temples, Catholic churches, commercial buildings, residences and public art projects. What fascinated me the most about him though, was that he has a speech impediment. And it was that disability that has shaped him into what he has become today.
As I read more about Tom and his work with stained glass, I was amazed at how many thousands of small pieces of glass go into each window. I thought of the hours and hours of time it took to work with so many pieces of glass to create a work of art.
I think that is one of the reasons we are fascinated and in awe of artists---at least that is why I am. It not only takes talent, but it takes time and patience to create art. Any art.
I’m interested in quilting. That medium uses many small pieces of fabric that are sewn together to create a beautiful masterpiece. A great painting contains hundreds of strokes of paint. A symphony is composed of note after note after note to make a beautiful harmonic masterpiece.
All great art takes time, patience and the willingness to let the work evolve into a creation of its own.
Mothers are artists. We help create people. We spend hours, weeks and years teaching and loving and showing patience through many small pieces of daily experiences. We watch and wonder as our work of art begins to emerge into a beautiful masterpiece.
Do we view ourselves as artists or as bored and tired wives and mothers? An artist works many hours alone with his project. There is no one encouraging him while he is working laboriously and sometimes tediously on each project. It is only at the unveiling that he is rewarded with the praise he deserves.
So it is with mothers. Day in and day out we change diapers, cook meals, wash clothes and listen to whining children. There is no one there to give us a high five and say “good job, Mom!” But if we’re patient, if we keep in our mind’s eye the long range goal, and if we enjoy the small moments of each day, then we, too, will receive the praise and reward we deserve when our project is finished (is it ever finished?).
If we think of ourselves as artists, our daily struggles will seem more glamorous. If we think of ourselves as artists we will view our “work” as a creative endeavor. If we think of ourselves as artists, we can enjoy the journey and feel gratitude for the magnificent work we have been entrusted with.