Without Love, I Am a Clanging Cymbal.
Why do we do it? We were smart enough to become financial gurus, creative enough to become captains of industry but for some reason, we chose the road less traveled.
Because we crave less? We enjoy driving older model cars and living in smaller homes? Yes, it feels good to push ourselves without getting immediate financial rewards. This is hardly the truth.
Is there anything more substantial than love? In the grand scheme of things, is there anything more important? The greatest qualities exemplified throughout history were birthed from the principle of love. Most of the creative people that I know have sacrificed status both financial and social.
Is this love for creating a romantic love? It can be sometimes but anyone who has persevered through the very tough times knows that romance goes out the window when extremely difficult trials occur, such as, evictions, losing cars and relationships because of this love to create, understands it's much more. Year after year the steadfast creative soul resolutely continues up this chosen road. I remember one painter tell me that it is like swimming more than half way across a river. At this point, it is too late to swim back.
We do live in the real though and we need to pay the bills when the creative life is not. Many of us get 9-5 jobs to pay the bills. Many who work with us can just kick back and enjoy happy hours and television. That is not the case for us. After the 9-5 ends, that is when our true work day begins.
Ok, so what is the point you ask? As Paul has said in 1 Corinthians 13:2 :
If I have faith to move mountains and do not have love, I am nothing.
We really didn't give up anything, just didn't want to give up on love.