What Artist Romare Bearden Taught Me about Commitment

What am I committed to? Who do I need to be to make it happen?

These are the two question you need to answer now. Like right now if you're ever going to have the life you dream about.

March 30, 2026...Ten years from now, when I reflect on today. I want to know that I pursued and practiced my talents fully, without letting up, without apology, and most especially without regret. Hearing what your soul is telling you - pick up the brush and paint, write your story, sell the farm move to the city, leave the city buy a farm, dump the boy, slowdown, down size, make room - is the easier part. Committing to what you hear then deciding who you need to be to make it all happen is an entirely different thing.

Can you imagine ascending to greatness based on how you decide to spend time, your evenings and weekends for example?

Romare Bearden, the brilliant artist, writer and activist, spent most of his adult years up into his 50s working as a full-time social worker in New York City. He made art in the evenings and on the weekends. For thirty years, he created masterpieces in the evenings and on the weekends. Masterpieces. Mind blown? Oh, he took care of his wife and children too. Mind blown, now? I know right! 

Romare Bearden, Mother and Child, 1977, Silkscreen with Photo-lithograph

Romare Bearden, Mother and Child, 1977, Silkscreen with Photo-lithograph

Bearden ascended to greatness based in large part to what he decided to do with the little time he had. He was that committed to his art, to his soul's calling. No excuses. He honored himself, his talents and his commitment.

Can you imagine ascending to greatness - top of the pack, best selling, known for your brilliance and bravery, mentioned in the same breath as the other greats - based on how you decide to spend your evenings and weekends, your "free-time."

Great because you committed to starting your business, launching your blog, writing your novel, learning that thing you always wanted to learn, being brilliant. Great because you figured out who you needed to be - dedicated, responsible, vulnerable, open, present, available, patient - to make it happen.

So ask yourself...

What am I committed to? Who do I need to be to make it happen?

I want to root for you. Declare your commitments in the comments. We're in this together.

Onward!
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