Sometimes we forget. We taste only the icing. We see only the end result. We hear only the applause. We forget that creative inspiration wears many disguises. We either forget or are not privy to what led up to Monet’s Waterlily Paintings, Musical Artist Adele’s latest hit song, Actor Morgan Freeman’s sterling performance, Comedian Jim Carey’s ability to make us laugh.
Creativity in it’s raw form can appear:
Off-track (Monet on waterlilies..”It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.”–what, you mean he spent time GARDENING instead of painting?!
Foolish (Actor Jim Carey of comedic fame openly admits he has made faces at himself in the mirror for years with threats from his mother that he would go to you know where for doing so!)
Childish (Rob Dyrdek of skateboard fame has probably endured more than a few looks of “get a real job man” before parlaying his skateboarding talent into 15 ml net worth)
Lazy (Truman Capote said of himself “I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in my bed or on a couch”.)
Creativity often springs from times of inactivity (translated, things that are not obviously related to our creative work) Inactivity that we and/or those around us might interpret as lazy, as waste of time and money, decadent, or selfish.
Note to Self: Inspiration can’t be scheduled, it must be allowed for.
Notice when and where your creative ideas happen. Is it during or after a recent trip to the movies, from discovering a new musical artist, a long walk in a new place, a nap in the middle of the day, a drive to no where in particular, in the tub or shower, the latest novel?
Creative inspiration arises out those times when we take time to fill our well instead of drinking from it.
Be a sleuth. Uncover the mystery of when and where your creative inspiration happens.
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