There was once a time when, apparently, I was referred to as the ‘Duracell’ director because I never gave up. Today, twenty four years later there are still those that see me in a similar way. In truth I sometimes feel that my batteries need re-charging more frequently than they used to but that’s another story! So it should come as no surprise that I am passionate about the importance of not giving up when there is an important job to do, no matter how tough it is.
A perfect example of ‘don’t tell me it can’t be done’ is the brilliant and inspirational story of the artist Sargy Mann. The first thing you should know about Sargy Mann, apart from the fact that he paints beautiful paintings that nowadays cost tens of thousands of pounds, is that he’s totally blind.
Sargy has always been a painter but he hasn’t always been blind. He had normal sight until in his early thirties when he was diagnosed with having cataracts. From that point onwards his eyesight rapidly deteriorated, eventually leaving him totally blind in 2005 at the age of 68. If you are facing difficulties and are thinking about giving up then I urge you to click on the links to see a glimpse of this remarkable man and his work. Film – Images. There is also a wonderful article from The Guardian newspaper and film of him describing making his first painting when he was blind here.
But where does this leave us ‘normal’ mortals? It leaves us learning the truth that if you believe what you do is worth doing, if you believe it has a purpose and it needs doing, then you should not let anything or anyone stop you from persevering on.
I become cross when people tell me that ‘it can’t be done’ because I know all too well that it can, perhaps not by them alone but by someone at least. I know too that we cannot all be Sargy Mann but we can allow ourselves to be motivated by people like him from time to time. In doing so we remind ourselves of the importance of always searching for the vision, the reason why we are doing what we do. We can then use that new energy to get us through.
For now my advice is to simply enjoy Sargy’s paintings and to keep an eye out for others who may be at the point of giving up. Perhaps they only need a little encouragement to get them through the tough times. Believe me, the joy of witnessing someone achieving their moment of glory, despite all their hardship, is a prize more precious than any gemstone in any jeweller’s store.
Have good week,