What Does Your Self-Portrait Reveal?

"Self Portrait" by Vincent van Gogh

Before a painter puts a brush to his canvas he sees his picture mentally. It is the mental concept that he externalizes with the help of paint and canvas. If you think of yourself in terms of a painting, what do you see? How do you appear to yourself? Is the picture one you think worth painting? You are what you think you are. You create yourself in the image you hold in your mind.
Thomas Dreier

What do you see when you imagine yourself gazing at your self-portrait? Do you see a smiling, vibrant friend to all or a sad, solitary person in an empty room? Do you see a stalwart hero or a grim figure with tired eyes and a joyless disposition?

How you see yourself is the way you show up in the world. If you don’t like what you see, splash some paint on the canvas and reinvent yourself. Is it easy? Of course not. Why should that stop you? Would you rather exert some effort and be happy or stay mired in a rut and be miserable?

The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.
Arlene Raven

It is the nature of your thoughts that has brought you to where you are and that will deliver you to where you will be. The only thing standing between you and a brighter future is your very next thought.

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
Carlos Castaneda


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4 Responses to “What Does Your Self-Portrait Reveal?”

  1. ArrVee Says:

    a close friend can also help define the picture for you, to identify and describe the great things about you that you do not see, or which you take for granted. This can be a picture of what you currently are, or what you aspire to be.

    one can also have in mind a book or movie about one’s life, keeping in mind its central plot, themes and messages. Which chapter of the book or part of the movie are you currently at, and how does today fit into its overall structure? How will the last chapter read, or how will the movie end, and what will the reader or viewer take away from it?

    and if you are not satisfied with it, you can always change the plot or make a sequel …

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    A very nice idea about the book or movie, Arrvee! Yes, a close friend can help point out your strong points but a really, really close friend will help you see your flaws also so you can work on correcting them!

  3. Samantha Says:

    great read…. really enjoying your blog here. thanks. =)

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re very welcome, Samantha!

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