Living a Creative Life

As the skies lighten in the early days of 2016, I am sitting on the couch, drinking my coffee, writing – contemplating what I want to call in for the New Year.

9781594634710I am inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, “Big Magic” about living a creative life. I ended up reading it in one sitting this weekend.  I quivered in recognition at her words and the tremendous permission she offered at what a creative life could look like:

  • Just do it. That is what matters most.
  • We really do have the time.
  • Accept fear will always be a companion – it is how we respond that matters.
  • Let go of people’s opinions on whether it is a success / failure.
  • It does not have to be a career.
  • Done is better than perfect.
  • Drama distracts.  We don’t have to suffer.
  • Persevere. Because what is the alternative.

Reading her book made me laugh and cry. I was five again and the simple joy of crayons on paper. I was writing, swimming in the flow, as the words tumbled out of me. I was dancing –548318_414484745268851_1569516489_n2-820x400 swing, cha-cha, waltz, overflowing with the simple delight of moving my body to the music. I was directing, passionately focused on what was unfolding on the stage.

This is where I am the happiest: when I feel like whatever purpose there is to our human existence,  I am living it. Be it for ten minutes or ten hours. Connected: soul, mind, body.

So as I sit on this couch, snuggling into the juiciness of this conversation, I am prepared to commit:

To 30 minutes a day writing creatively (good or bad).

To sharing my work regardless of the outcome.

To living a creative life – in all its facets and faces.

And so, my friends I share with you the lessons from her pages, ragingly recommend her book, because I believe we are all Creative Beings.  THIS is our natural impulse. This is what brings us joy.  In each of us there burns:

A fire that is meant to be stoked,

A light that is meant to shine,

A Universe that is meant to be explored.

 

Journey on! To a glorious 2016.

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