Mathew 5: 15 “Neither do people light their lamp and put it under a bushel (basket).”
The idea that you don’t do something creative, then hide it has been around a long time. Nonetheless, some writers create beautiful works and hide them. They put them in their figurative basket (usually a drawer, or a box) and there they stay gathering dust.
Why do people do this? There are many reasons to be sure, but one of the primary ones given is that being critiqued by others upsets them. I have a friend who has written a beautiful novel. He refuses to allow anyone but a handful of people see it because he sent it to an editor years ago and got feedback that he didn’t like.
He’s not generally thin-skinned, but when it came to his novel, he can’t tolerate any criticism. That’s too bad to my way of thinking because he is hiding his light under a basket instead of sharing it with the world.
Artists have something of the same issue. Their works may be seen by people who don’t understand them, don’t have an appreciation of art or know anything about art’s history and development. When they hear someone commenting about their work from this vantage point, they are discouraged.
Kahlil Gibran’s poem on children can say something to writers and artists who can’t let their works see the light of day. He says:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
His poem goes on, but I think this part is enough to realize he is talking about letting go of something you love.