We all remember art class – some with fond memories, some with disdain. Staring at a blank canvas generates either creativity or panic. For some, it’s a chance for total free expression – these are the creators of abstract art. For others, it’s a matter of precision and beauty – of getting just the right colors blended and just the right strokes in place to create a masterpiece. And then there are those who see it as a total waste of time. There are those who sense very real fear, not knowing where to even begin to fill in such an overwhelming blank canvas.
Where do you fall on the
“blank canvas” scale?
Life is a bit like that blank canvas. It’s up to us what we do with it. We can just begin and throw color into it and see where it lands. There is a certain appeal to such an abstract art form. We can, with great precision, paint the picture we see in our minds. Or, conversely, we can just give up, thinking it is a waste of time and do anything. Or we can stand there looking at life like a deer in the headlights.
Truthfully, I’m not a real fan of abstract art. I don’t totally “get it”. But I’d rather see someone do that than nothing at all. To me, real artistry is about creating a vision – creating a picture, whether abstract or concrete, that speaks to people.
There’s a verse that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Vision is absolutely key. Vision brings hope, and hope is foundational to life.
As leaders, we must be painters of visions. We must paint them so vividly they speak life to people. We must teach others to paint their visions.