Creativity Working For You

March-Hay-webAbandoned bales in March

I need some outside time and I’m not getting it. The wind has been howling for the last two days. 60km/37mi per hour yesterday and 35km/20mi per hour today. Walking out there is like walking straight against a moving car. I like walking in the wind about as well as I like walking on ice. Which is to say, not at all. So it’s far too easy for me to talk myself out of trying.

But hey, I’m supposed to be a creative person. Is there a way I can let my creativity work for me, finding a way into movement, instead of against me, finding excuses why I can’t go?

Yes and No argue all day. I can’t do that! How can I do that? Not at all! Not even maybe?

In the end, “maybe” wins. I creatively pull on a fleece jacket, a denim jacket and a down vest over the t-shirt and turtleneck I’m already wearing, and add my winter hat and mitts. And I set out, head down. I’ll aim for 20 minutes. I’ll try.

The wind is steady and strong. The road feels uphill, though it isn’t. So I offer myself the grace of going slowly. This isn’t supposed to be get fit or die. This is creativity.

And in the end, creativity wins. It usually does, if you let it. I stop for cows in their pasture, and hills in the distance. And I wander. Imagine how long I’ve been walking this road and never stepped off it. There’s a dirt-bike track through the grass. There’s an ancient truck, with the box and cab permanently separated by rust. There’s an abandoned shack and some hay bales, abandoned more recently. With five layers of clothing and the hat and mitts, even the wind is okay. And with the grace of turning back – wind is always less when you turn back – “maybe” becomes “possible” after all.

I have the hay bales to prove it.

How can you let your creativity create possible for you?

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6 Responses to Creativity Working For You

  1. pam March 15, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    it can be hard to get past “no” — we can inspire each other to find a way. good entry, Laureen.

    • Laureen March 15, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Pam, so glad you’re here on these pages online since you’re no longer here on these roads in person.

  2. Melissa Dinwiddie March 15, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    You are an inspiration, Laureen!

    • Laureen March 15, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Melissa, thank you so much for this. It was your insights as a Creativity Instigator that helped me return to the studio at a time when I was badly stuck. A lot of what I know I learned from you!

  3. David C Reid March 15, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Similar issues arise in my relationship with a yoga mat. Just arriving is important the muse will respond it seems when the respect of willing is offered.

    • Laureen March 15, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      Love this, David. “The respect of willing” is a beautiful phrase.