The most inspiring thing I did this week was to re-organize some closets. Ha! But really, this IS sometimes pretty "inspiring" work, don't you think? For me, the discipline of clearing physical space in my home is sometimes the outward manifestation of things clearing up on the inside of my heart--emotionally and spiritually. It's stepping away from the wild child creative side of me to participate in a (somewhat mundane) but grounding household activity, to re-adjust my perspective a bit.
Are breaks like this an important part of your creative process too?
For me, making art is an emotional, sometimes all-consuming process; I often wish I could just turn off my brain! (I'm betting that it is this way for many, of not most artists . . .) This often causes me to over-think things, which gets in the way of experimentation and pure fun. I feel like everything I make has to be good and worth showing to the world--and I know that this is not even a remote possibility.
What do they say Thomas Edison said about failure? "I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work." Maybe, in the end, each of those 10,000 times of doing something the wrong way is so worth it when you finally figure out how to do it the right way.
The truth is that there are no mundane activities. It may not seem like everything--especially our "failures"--serves a purpose, but the important thing is the mere act of faithfully plodding along through the day-to-day. And more than that--learning to skip joyfully along through the day-to-day. Daily tying up the loose ends, cleaning out the "closets" of your heart, re-organizing your thoughts to be more efficient and productive in joy and in-the-moment thinking.
Because sometimes the mundane places are where the magical things happen.
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