Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. Kahil Gibran

When we are in the planning stage of any creative venture, whether it’s a painting, or a novel, a business enterprise, or even becoming a parent — all is potential.

Our imagination soars as we picture the possibilities. This painting I’m beginning will rival a Vermeer! My start up will be as successful as Apple! My daughter, now just a twinkle in my husband’s eye, will be the smartest, most beautiful child that ever was!

These daydreams are where many leave…


To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self. Joan Didion

There was a time when, on the same date of each month, my husband would come home from work and find me sitting on the couch, looking mean-spirited and morose. He’d muster his courage and sarcasm, and ask, “Did that art magazine arrive today? What’s the matter…someone getting ahead of you?”

My husband has a name for this affliction of jealousy and self-loathing that’s so rampant in the field of art. …

susan abbott

Susan Abbott is a visual artist and international art workshop instructor whose best days always include painting, writing, and a walk in the woods.

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