Before the Creative Process
There have been many things written and spoken about the ‘why‘.
The why behind what we are doing or wishing to do.
That thing that we can’t see but we know is the engine that drives our dreams and visions.
The ‘why’ IS the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires us.
With each new project, opportunity, or fork in the road, ‘whys’ tend to arise in our lives.
They are good to ask and good to get clear on (see Why the Why Matters.)
Joy comes when our work is in alignment with our ‘why’.
So how do we arrive at knowing our ‘why’?
How do we uncover it?
Well, here’s the cool thing. We thankfully don’t have to go searching outside ourselves for some lofty purpose.
Our ‘why’ is already with us. It’s been wooing us all along, every day of our lives. We maybe haven’t noticed, been aware, or paid that much attention to it—but it’s been there.
Our ‘why’ appears like a thread—weaving events, places, times, and relationships together.
It has common themes of passion and joy cropping up, over and over, in things that often appear unrelated.
We can uncover our ‘why’ by asking ourselves some soul searching questions.
What brings us joy?
When we’re so excited that we lose track of time, what activities are we indulging in?
What kind of work would we do for free because we love it so much?
What does a perfect day in our world look like?
Let us look for moments in life when feelings of contentment, fulfillment, and joy are present. Then ask why.
Why did we feel joy at that moment, with those people, doing that particular thing?
With every answer given, ask why again. Dig deep into the layers for the answers that feel true to the heart. Our answered questions start bringing our ‘why’ into view.
When we look at the things we love doing, both past and present, and ask why–we’ll begin to see a common answer.
The telling clues to our purpose are hiding in plain view—in the things we love to do.
And once we’ve realized our ‘why’ it becomes a guiding force for our good.
With each new idea and project—we can check to see if it’s in alignment with our ‘why’, our purpose.
Because we know…
The ‘why’ is where ‘can do’ lives.
It’s where ‘stamina’ hangs out.
It’s where ‘determination’ eats.
It’s where ‘I will keep going until I figure out a way’ plays.
It’s where joy dances.
It’s where passion thrives.
It’s where love lives.
Our ‘why’ is our own powerful north star.
Hiding in plain view, just waiting for us to uncover it’s power!
It’s one of my favorite things to do. Give away goodies in appreciation of each and every one of you!
First, a big congratulations to the 3 Winners of 3 of my favorite art books—Ruth B., Gloria C., and Graceann)!
And now onto this week’s giveaway! It’s all about some of my favorite art tools – a Palette Garage (for keeping your oil paints fresh!), a Panel Pak (for carrying your wet paintings!) and a Panel Rack (for holding your little treasures until they are nice and dry!).
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