Okay. I'm lonely and bored. But here's one priceless, priceless thing I learned from reading Seth Godin's The Icarus Deception (that I feel I need to impart) - we now live in a connection economy - an economy that is focused on the LONELY and the BORED. This is probably why, today, we often share stories that tug at the heart, buy things for the experience it lends, post links to ideas that are crazy but considerably cool. We indulge in things that make an effect. That is called art. And he suggests that in order to live effectively in our time, we must simply become artists. He doesn't mean this in a "become a painter" way. It means whatever it is you want to do, do it meaningfully and not entirely out of the promise of reward (money, likes, followers). Fine arts can now be found or applied in entrepreneurship, medicine, customer relationship, technology, sales, etc. It's just really how you do poetic justice to these things. We are already moving in a world with so much reward and convenience that the only thing left to do is to inspire, be inspired. It would also help to answer these questions -- what are you exactly here for? What effect do you want to make? Do you think, even in small ways, you made a difference in the world with what you're doing? Did you do something nice for the lonely and the bored?
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Honestly, I never realized how true the term "creative block" is until the past few months I have found myself rather anxious, shut out, and severely frustrated. My productivity dwindled. A disquieting feeling overtakes me every night. I was unable to move dexterously during the day. It was when I read Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way workbook that I knew about "creative injuries" and the possibility of a crippled soul as a result of losing contact with the creator in you often because of "clogs" like fear, shame, being too result-oriented and the absence of trust. Maybe I had that - an injured soul.
Don't get this wrong, I didn't know about and, as much as possible, don't want to put a link between art and spirituality as I see them as entities far apart. But Cameron encourages that it is in the acknowledgment of that link that aids in recovery. So far, I think it's helping. Case in point, I wanted but couldn't bring myself to put up a personal/art blog for the longest time because I was scared. But here I am, getting that out of the way now. It's not much but it's a start.
This blog will be part of my recovery. I've had one before only this time I just want to come as I am. Share what helps, inspires, even what frightens me and weave my creations through it. Wherever this is headed for, I will not try too hard to know. Besides we are not closed-ended stories. We shouldn't be.
at 8:10 AM