New beginnings are exciting times whether it’s a new place to live, a new relationship, new understanding, or a new idea you must create. Perspective and perception are powerful tools to support us in moving forward. It’s all about how we define the meaning within the process.
I took the above photo outside of my massage therapist’s office in the field next to where I park. At first glance, I thought there was a butterfly carved on the tree. As I gazed more, I could also see an angel. Then from another perspective, an owl. Can you see all 3?
Have you ever started something new?
Worked your butt off for hours and hours and hours to accomplish it only to have it disappear? And realize you probably didn’t save the document!!
Totally frustrated. Aggravated. Pissed. WTH?
What do you do now?
What’s your M.O. (modus operandi) when circumstances and events don’t go as you planned?
Have you ever had this awesome, feeling bubbling up inside of you that you couldn’t explain? That kind of feeling that gets you out of bed in the morning. That gives you an extra bounce in your step. That has you wearing a smile all day long. That fills you up with light, positive, productive energy knowing no matter what, everything’s gonna be ok.
What do you now?
What’s your M.O. when circumstances and events feel out of your control and are going better than you planned?
As I have been observing my own creative processes here lately, I’m learning a lot. The biggest lesson learned — the ingredients of all of my creative projects (like it or not) have been –
HUGE LET DOWNS, DOUBT
FOCUSING, REVITALIZATION, FRUSTRATION
KNOWING, NOT KNOWING, UNEXPECTED HAPPENING
Believe it or not, these are all normal parts of the creative process. There are infinite steps within the creative process. There are light energies and there are heavy energies. The process seems to change and evolve with every next project.
So if I think it’s gonna be the same linear process every time for every project…WRONG!
Expect the unexpected. I am a tool within my creative process.
Remember… I am a tool. I am a vessel. I am a tool. I am a vessel. I am a tool.
This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Read next month’s issue for ‘the rest of the story’.