When it comes to where I spend my time and energy artistically, I love to just take to the road.
I got this old minivan, see? I’m behind the wheel, driving, and beside me sits my trusty navigator, Creativity.
We are not alone. We have this bunch of feelings, thoughts and emotions who always want to come along too.
But we don’t let them up front with us. All those fears, resistance and ego must take a back seat.
After a while, like clockwork, the complaints and whining start up back there. In fact, no matter where Creativity leads us, and I drive us, they always start up.
Whatcha doin’ that for?
Why do ya wanna do that weird thing?
Dontcha know people will think you’re crazy?
Who do you think you are?
I don’t wanna do this!
I wanna do something familiar! Something people will like! I wanna do something I know how to do!
I wanna GO HOME!
And when this happens – and it always happens – I pull the minivan to the side of the road, I get back there amongst the fit-pitchin’ and the whining’, and I give them all a hug and tell them everything is perfectly okay.
Shhhhh, now, little babies. Everything is going to be all right.
Then, I get back behind the wheel, strap myself in, and pull my minivan back on the road.
I give Creativity a wink, and then I floor it.
Come on, you bunch of wildlings, let’s go!
As my amazing friend Jo and I were discussing just this morning, fears and resistance make interesting back seat passengers, but lousy navigators.
Give them your most tender compassion and reassurance, but when it comes to setting your course, listen to Creativity. You’ll be scared out of your wits mostly. But she’s braver, smarter, and knows how to have a lot more fun.
Get to it!
Have a great weekend, lovelies.