Living Creatively

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Dear Quiet Minds,

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.

-Gospel of Thomas

Having the courage to reveal our most treasured ideas is like releasing your child into a world full of criticism, hate and discrimination. However, sometimes the only way to liberate yourself is by doing exactly that. The creativity you hold within yourself is like a precious secret – juicy, special, filled with possibility – but the second you tell someone about it, it loses something. The secrecy is sometimes what makes it appear so genuine and original. Once you demonstrate your idea to the world, the world has a say in what it becomes. The world can either accept it or reject it, but it will always find a way to change its essence. You have to grab hold of that essence and make sure that what made your idea so special in the first place remains alive in your heart. Don’t allow the world to blow out the light of that idea you’ve spent so much time and effort fueling.

We all have creativity within us that drives us to make decisions, but a feeling of liberation and productivity will only emerge if you bring forth that creativity. Ideas and dreams that remain dormant within you are what slowly cause you to lose hope and happiness. Ultimately, as the quote says, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you. I’ve felt it time and time again when this amazing idea boils up inside me. My stomach churns with excitement, my brain buzzes with impatience, but not knowing how to bring forth that idea or not having the courage to do so is what leaves me prey to anxiety, self-doubt and sadness. Even if it is difficult, I encourage you to live creatively. A book called Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, is what inspired me to act on my dreams. As Ms. Gilbert so wisely said, “We need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn, forget to resent our enemies, forget to brood over our insecurities.” Ninety-nine percent of the time our own insecurities are what stop us from pursing our dreams, the other one percent is just laziness.

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We have to learn to yearn for creative living and work on our dreams every day. It can’t be because we want to be praised for our success or we want money and fame. It has to make us happy. Bringing forth your creativity to earn money will be a great disappointment if the first idea you have is a flop. You must want it despite the failures. Not everyone is going to like your idea but you have to put your trust in the love you feel for the idea and for yourself. If this dream makes you happy, neither the success, the criticism nor the failure matters. Even though all the effort you put into it may lead to nothing in the end, the fact that you fed into your curiosity and accomplished it yourself fuels your motivation.

Unfortunately, not all of us are prodigies or creative geniuses, but Ms. Gilbert tells us not to worry about our nonexistent talents. You might dream impossible dreams and have absolutely no inspiration but “call attention to yourself with some sort of creative action, and – most of all – trust that if you make enough of a glorious commotion, eventually inspiration will find its way home to you again.” Just keep doing what you love and inspiration will find you.

In the end (after much contemplation and torment), it’s just that simple.

Love,
Jackie

 

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