How Being a Curious Observer May Save Your Creativity

Once upon a time we lived in a world where inspiration was a force of nature, both unpredictable and separate from us. Inspiration was accepted as something that came to you as mysteriously as it vanished.be-your-own-inspiration

Mere mortals were celebrated for having been visited by this amazing creative force so much and for so long that along the way mankind’s trusty egos convinced us to take credit for that inspiration, to take ownership of it.

Why not? It was Rodin’s hands that sculpted his masterpieces and Michelangelo’s to paint the Cistine Chapel. Why not indeed?

I recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic and it has left me thinking about creativity and writing and work and responsibility. alway-only-fear-elizabeth-gilbert

I love that she made a deal with herself when she was just a teenager to write every day of her life but not to put the pressure of providing an income on her writing; that the writing was to be something that fulfilled her soul and not to provide a steady pay cheque.

I can see how this oath has allowed her writing to be honest and free of obligation. I can see clearly how when we include the purpose of writing for more followers, more subscribers, more Likes or a higher conversion rate, that we often appeal to less people instead of more.

In trying to connect with so many for the purpose of commerce you lose the ability to truly connect at all.

Establish what you care about, what the people you work with care about and what the people you want to work with care about and write about that in your work. Be specific. Be courageous. Be vulnerable. curious-observer-image

Be a curious observer. Realize that your are not responsible for inspiration. That to be a success you must observe your surroundings and proceed with curiosity and keep going each and every day.

Some days this curiosity will be in baby steps and other days it will provide tremendous leaps. Both move you forward, which is the direction you want go.

One theme that she wrote about that has stayed with me is the deeply entrenched cultural belief that if we suffer enough we are doing a good job; that we are worthy. dive-head-first-heart-first-into-life-image

Who the f*^k decided that was a good idea? Plenty of people suffer each and every day all over the world and their suffering only leads to…..more suffering.

There will always be many days you won’t feel the inspiration; keep moving forward anyway. It is not your fault that inspiration didn’t show up. One day you will find that your curiosity has been dancing with inspiration behind closed doors and they are, at long last, ready to come out of the closet. In the end, inspiration was waiting for you to be ready!

I think it is so brilliant to acknowledge that when we sit inspiration down for a serious talking to, and proceed to tell it to work like a rented mule for our personal prosperity, it is likely to just go take a really long siesta in a land far, far away.

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5 thoughts on “How Being a Curious Observer May Save Your Creativity

  1. Loved this and all your posts Lisa.. Yes, Suffering only leads to more suffering.. and right now your post came in at just the right time..
    May we all observe the deep messages you always provide for us Lisa.. as we then tackle the days when we feel less inspired. Sometimes as you say it jumps out from behind the closet door Learning that we all of us need to go within the flow, and let the tide take us to our destination..
    Also Lisa wishing you huge success within your coaching… who could fail not to be inspired..

    Love and Hugs my dear friend.. Sue xx

    1. Thank you for your kindness and support. Being a human being, a good one it seems, is a tricky complicated business most days!! I hope you are well and can let that sunshine that burns bright inside of you, trickle into your mind and your beautiful smile. All the best from the chilly west coast here in Vancouver. Love and hugs, Lisa

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