“It’s only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.” – I Ching
The creative process has the potential of revealing plenty of things. I’ve found, however, in my own process that sometimes, being open to some of the simplest things can bring the most comfort. The anxiety of life, stress, and career has had the ability lately to consume a good portion of my thoughts. I get caught up with the idea that I need to constantly be productive, moving in some direction, or busying myself with SOME. THING.
My creative process allows me to look around, stop, and see some of the simpler things in life and in nature that remind me to just take it in. Maybe it’s the silly fact that my dog’s feet smell like cheesy nachos or that I find peacock feathers to be really wonderful (who doesn’t). When I swim, for example, I feel so at home in the water, it allows me to be completely distracted. I love having a well earned glass of wine at the end of a day. My creative process, reminds me, that these things combined with an imaginative outlet can help me be, just here.