Sometimes I am struck by what initially seems like the most inapt and unusual of connections of an unrelated concept or idea, with corset waist training. Over the past months I have been learning how to use watercolors and pastels but sometimes I have been getting discouraged, so upon the recommendation of a fellow art student, I started reading the small book Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, and I came upon this paragraph:
“The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides–to matters you need to reconsider or develop further. It is precisely this interaction between the idea and the real that locks your art into the real world, and gives meaning to both.” (page 31)
What this reminded me of, is that corset waist training is a process, not a goal. Even though you start by setting (hopefully) reasonable goals in waistline measurement reduction (and/or weight loss), and even though you should keep those goals in your mind and visualize how you will look and feel after dedicated waist training, you should at the same time ignore and forget them.
How can you do both contradictory things at the same time? In the fashion of zen, by letting go of obsessing, by positive expectations, by hope, by putting your intentions out there gently into the world, and then just going about your business implementing your daily waist-training plan–and stick to it!
You will be imperfect in waist training, as in most endeavors in life. You will fall back, gain some weight, feel or look bloated, feel a bit low some days, and want to quit. You may get depressed that you are not progressing as much as you expected, or someone else did better, or another person told you something good will happen but it does not. All perfectly natural feelings of any human being living in the real world.
The point is: persist. Don’t quit.
The seed for your next increment of improving health and reshaping your figure lies in your waist training experiences today. It’s beneficial to reflect on them and find meaning in them for the future, so that you can improve your efforts and results, and move closer to your envisioned goals and to better overall feelings about life.
This is the tragedy of those who drop out of a three-month dedicated effort at corset waist training (or quit going to the gym or abandon a physical coach or running buddy): they lose the potential for seeing results, they miss the satisfaction of the pursuit and the dedication that it takes plus their commitment to themselves first and foremost, to go all the way through a reasonable program that they adopt to begin with. They miss the opportunity for insights that will surely come along the way of waist training that will work better the next time they try it, or try to reach related or even other types of goals.
The seed for reaching almost any goal may lie in how you pursue waist training. If you really mean it when you say you are ready to give improving your health and figure shape the old college try, then your behavior must reflect your words come what may (barring serious illnesses and certain kinds of health matters such as high blood pressure and other).
Perhaps reading this wonderful, encouraging small volume on being an artist may help you get on with it. After all, you are an artist in life, whether or not you draw with graphite on paper, or manipulate flesh in the outlines of your figure, whether or not you create a work that you can hang on the wall, or create good feelings for yourself and learn how to encourage others to make their journey a bit easier.
We are all artists!