The Importance of Art & Attitude

Attitudes are mirrors of the mind.  Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us – and that includes our art careers!  For years I have collected quotes and inspirations to help me with my own attitude.

The paragraph below written by Charles Swindoll is an old favorite of mine.  I hope you enjoy reading it.  The priceless wisdom of inspired thinkers like Swindoll is thought provoking.  This wisdom expands our own consciousness and helps us to grow.   It doesn’t matter whether the inspired thought came from an artist, poet, businessman, trashman or child.  If you like this article, you might like to read What I Know For Sure by Oprah.

“Everything depends on the attitude of the artist toward his subject. It is essential.” ~Robert Henri

…and remember,  “A mind that has been stretched will never return to it’s original dimension.” ~Albert Einstein


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…a church…a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act is a certain way…we cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ~Charles Swindoll

Cheers, Lori 🙂

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The Importance of Art & Attitude

2012-03-06T22:06:24+00:00 April 9th, 2009|General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|16 Comments


  1. Lori Woodward Simons April 10, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Thanks Lori for taking the time to share that wonderful piece of wisdom from Chuck Swindoll. I will certainly take it to heart today as I go about doing some of my work tasks that I don’t enjoy very much.

  2. Cheryl McClure April 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I try to remember this…it has become a part of me to have a good attitude as much as possible. Maybe that’s why I’m married to a pessimist…we balance each other.

  3. Aly June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you 🙂 and I think that Attitude is always a choise 😀

  4. Helen Bascom June 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I agree that we are in charge of our own attitudes. Great article.

  5. Sheree Rensel August 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Lori, This is a great point and very true! I realize this all the time. Nowadays, I tend to be dumb struck happy. I mean I smile this huge smile when I am at the grocery store or driving, etc. It is so funny because I will notice complete strangers smiling back at me. I think “Gee, everybody seems happy today!” Then I realize it is because I am happy that others seem happy. Attitudes, mindsets, and perceptions are so very important in our art life and entire life! 🙂

    • admin August 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for the comment Sheree! I have to check my attitude from time to time and that little article helps. Everything in art and life starts with a thought, so our attitudes really do govern our lives & careers…a humbing thought. Best- Lori

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