Sunday, September 5, 2010


I've been thinking a lot about the saying: "You only get out what you put in". It's an interesting one, and this week I really realized how important it is in the art world.

Since art is supposed to be this exchange of ideas and opinions does that mean that conversations and greetings between people are kind of like art too? Admittedly I've never been the best communicator. I'm articulate in my head but in reality I feel like I never really say what I want to say or communicate in the way I want to communicate.

This worries me, because people are innately aware of how others communicate with them. If someone remembers your name, you remember. If someone goes out of their way to smile at you then you remember. The people who don't seek out others to offer an exchange of ideas and opinions and pleasantries or whatever kind of go under the radar. It's like having a beautifully creative mind and not making anything.

So back to "You only get out what you put in". What I'm trying to say is that if you shut up and never offer anything in like a smile or a conversation with someone you can't really be bothered talking to or an amazing masterpiece, how can you expect to get something equally valuable out? Like a relationship or a friendship or whatever. My new thing is to offer more stuff 'in' instead of just taking out. Art is a circular thing and only valuable when shared between souls.

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