Work That Stays Done
What a concept. Work that never has to be completed again. Work that can earn you money or self esteem or pride.
Artists do it, writers do it, builders do it, crafters do it and parents do it. Nothing feels quite so satisfying as looking at a creation that will never go away. When you are feeling low and unworthy, as we all do time to time, you can take out your work and lift yourself up, saying "I did this."
Your project doesn't have to bring you fame or fortune, although it very well may. Your accomplishment can be small or huge, complex or simple, unusual or common. It just has to say to you, "I am part of you, I am your child." The harder you have to work, the more effort you put in your achievement, the greater the benefit.
I have a painting I made of a mermaid looking through her watery home at a shining sun, a fantasy piece that I named "The Other Side." It hangs in my living room and reminds me that, no matter what the reality of my life is, unlike the mermaid, I can take control and make my life what I want it to be. The painting represents a fear I have overcome, that I will get helplessly stuck in life in a position of unhappiness. And that visual representation of my epiphany will always be there until someone who survives me decides it needs to be tossed.
What if your masterpiece is stolen, or broken, or meets some other horrid fate. You still have the memory, a picture in your mind, a tape you can play over and over. I recommend you take photos since physical objects tend to move toward eventual destruction.
But your accomplishment doesn't have to have a physical presence. It can take the form of a degree, a skill, recognition of your contribution to a worthwhile cause, all inanimates that help define you and illustrate your value.
Even if you make the same thing every day or every hour, there will always be the one you keep for yourself and maybe display for others to show the inner essence that makes up your identity.
If you haven't tried an outstanding project yourself, give the idea some thought. Ask yourself, what is in me that shows I am special, that represents myself, that enhances my value to myself. It's okay to start small and build upwards. A single fete, that serves the purpose, is okay.
There is one requirement. You must finish. Leaving your baby unfinished can make you feel disappointed in yourself and bring you down rather than up.
You can easily tell if you have succeeded in your goal. You will feel the pride, the satisfaction, the value, and the intense emotion of the mirror of your soul.