Before the Creative Process
I have found points of diminishing returns at various times in my life. I’ve become aware that I have less and less enthusiasm for the task at hand, and I finally figured out it usually boils down to energy.
The exchange, the cost, the return.
Some experiences take our energy and flow it right back to us—completing a circuit of sorts—an infinity ring of energy if you will. In those instances, we feel like we could do this forever. (I find this to be the case when painting and writing. I pour energy into it, and as surely as it flows into the page or the canvas, it flows the energy, sometimes even amplified, back to me.)
Other experiences require much energy and give little to nothing in return. They can be exhaustive and leave us feeling spent after the engagement. (In those instances, I feel drained and realize this isn’t sustainable.)
The more aware I have become of this, the more I find myself paying attention.
(Hint: Energy is probably another word for JOY.)
We owe it to ourselves to become observers and seekers to where the circuit can be completed. To plug ourselves into experiences that amplify our lives. To unplug from those things that are draining.
For we understand—as we pour our energy out, it amplifies and returns and causes us to be regenerated.
We find ourselves able to produce and give more!
Here’s to living life ‘full circle’!