We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One of the most both challenging and useful things that happens to me as an artist is to be broken hearted, inconsolable, with emotion showing on my face. It is part of an artists capability to deal with things in this world that are painful by creating. For me the process of creating when I am hurting and/or despairing helps me to grow and not become hardened.