While thinking about what to write for “Z,” I saw the license plate, “B-ZESTY.” It made me think about art, and then about lemons, which somehow got me to “zeal,” something deeper and longer-lasting than zest.
Normally, when I think of zeal, I think of zealots, people so on fire about their religion that they talk about nothing but their faith, eagerly working to convert every person they encounter. However, it applies perfectly to art and to daily practice.
To be “zealous” means to be fervent, to have “enthusiastic devotion” to a goal, ideal, or cause and “tireless” diligence in its furtherance.” Daily practice is about tireless devotion to our craft. This devotion generates enough energy and joy and determination, that we stick with it for years and decades, however long it takes to see our vision through to the end, and really, does creative vision ever really end, or forever develop and expand?
Daily effort creates a steady vibration that fuels your tireless diligence, and in the future, you’re going to look back from the vantage point of your 10-story mural, from the center of the gallery containing your retrospective, from the shelves at the bookstore, from the rave reviews from critics, and see that zeal started with small, thoughtful, steady steps and grew into fully formed zealots: craftspeople steeped in their work, brimming with deep contentment, ever working at their craft no matter how accomplished they have become.