Today I opened Twitter to search the #Echo13 hashtag. I was ticked to find out a festival in Germany, that previously used #Echo2013, had now jacked #Echo13 as well. Great. Just great. Stinkin’ Europeans…
Then yesterday I was informed a magazine had reprinted a blog post I’d written without my permission. Stinkin’ Christian magazines. On top of that, it’s rainy today.
There are moments in the creative process that drag you down. They’re moments of discouragement, frustration, or anxiety. And today, those moments put me in a funk. (Not the groovy kind.) How can you hope to create something great in moments like these?
Gratitude and perspective.
I’m least motivated and least creative when I’m whining. And I’m frequently whiney. I need to instill a bit of perspective and gratitude into my life in these moments. I need to be grateful that I get to create. I need perspective to realize it just isn’t that big of a deal.
I’m so lucky that I get to work with such a great conference like Echo. Regardless of who jacks the twitter feed, the event will be off the hook. And who cares if a magazine reprints without my permission? What an honor that they liked it enough to do that.
When I’m grateful for the things that come into my life, I can take them and channel them into something good. I can channel them for creativity. And when I put things in proper perspective, I can relax a little. All this stuff just isn’t that important. Definitely not important enough to make my blood pressure rise.
I encourage you to be grateful today – even during the annoying things that come into your life. Remember, this whole creativity thing is fun. It doesn’t have to be so serious and hectic.