I encourage you to read a copy of The Dot and, therefore, I will avoid giving away too many details that Reynolds artfully includes. I will, however, share a bit.
Vashti doubts herself. "I can't draw," she protests more out of self-doubt than obstinance. However, as stated before, Vashti learns to believe in herself due, in great part, to the efforts of her teacher.We relate to Vashti - don't we?
- Those who draw - don't think they draw as well as someone else.
- Those who sing - doubt that their voice is important enough to be heard.
- Those who are told they're beautiful - doubt their beauty when they compare themselves with another.
In my passion for the Ordinary Life, I urge you to see your worth and the value of your dot.
- Take pride in your "B" for which you studied diligently.
- Draw for the sake of drawing - no matter how many (or how few) people see it.
- Love your kids when they succeed and when they fail.
- Strum your six-string even if you never stand on a stage.