I was watching Jon Stewart of the Daily Show being interviewed the other day and of course connected his comments to stamping (as let's face it, you can draw a line from any Point A and it will eventually lead to stamping)! He talked about how he became a good comic. In addition to lots and lots of practice, he only really came into his own as a comic when he stopped worrying about the audience. Worrying about whether the audience would laugh at his jokes stopped his creative thought processes. Hmm.... So I got to thinking, the audience is important. Their reaction is important. It keeps our creative juices flowing, gives us energy. Without an audience, a comic/an artist/a cardmaker goes flat, dries up. A comic needs to hear the laughter. It isn't vain or stupid to want to hear the laughter, is it? But if you create just to get the laughter, it doesn't work... I don't know about you, but I found this quite thought provoking.