This is that great time of year when we are in a creating frenzy. There’s a lot going on, and it seems like all we can do is invent more stuff to do. And then there’s that project (or two….or three…or, oh well you get the idea) that goes awry.
It’s like the whole purpose of the whole project is to prove that not only can you not do this project, there’s no way you can do anything else, including putting one foot in front of the other!
Well, that’s what may look like what’s going on, but that’s not really what’s going on. There’s a lot of things really neat, mostly (I promise) that are going on, and if you’re not aware of it, then some of the failures can get to you to the point where everything stops – no more creativity, no more ideas, and worst of all no more joy!
Being creative has some really high highs and some really low lows, but there’s not only a way to deal with the lows, but there are also ways to deal with them in such a way so they don’t stop you.
First, let’s remember the process here.
These were the goddesses of creativity (a different muse for a different discipline) that the Greeks invented to explain creativity. Because even eleven centuries later, we humans still have problems describing and contemplating creativity.
Basically it’s this synapse that occurs between brain cells that suddenly there’s an idea, and that idea leads to a creative endeavor of some kind that at the least makes for something beautiful if not changes the world. But where did the synapse come from? And why does it happen to some and not others? And when does it come and where does it go? Well, the Greeks explained all that on the muses. They come and go at will but there are several things that can keep them and certainly, there are things that can scare them away.
OK – this sounds like a bunch of woo-woo folly, but the idea of the muses has lasted this long for a reason. Today, psychologists have figured out a lot, and especially corporations who want to encourage and keep creativity abundant in their businesses have helped figure out a lot, and there’s no reason we can learn from that.
So, instead of going all the way through this, let’s put this down into something we can understand. The truth: No one really knows where creativity comes from, and being a most creative person myself, I’m OK with that and to use my creativity or more importantly to get it to act when I want, I don’t need to know where it comes from. What I don’t want is to scare it away or insult it so the dang muse goes on vacation to Mars or Betelgeuse, that’s a star in Orion constellation and it’s not even close to where I live or my studio!
Here are some guidelines to help you keep the muse:
The bottom line here is that you don’t have to be perfect; you don’t have to know everything; you certainly don’t have to have everything done perfectly exactly on time – puhlease – give yourself a little space here. The truth is that when you’re in the creative zone, the muse (and all her girlfriends) will be yacking their head off at you, so you will have way more ideas than you know what to do with – that’s what the paper and Pinterest are around for.
This is your official OK to say you can stop any time you want and that being perfect ain’t all it’s cracked up to be! Allow yourself the joy and pleasure of the season and what gets done was what was meant to get done!
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.