The necessity of acting on creativity

I recently finished reading Liz Gilbert's book "Big Magic". She made so many powerful points about creativity that seemed so very accurate. On pg 171-172 she says, " Possessing a creative mind, after all, is something like having a border collie for a pet: It needs work, or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents (eating the couch, digging a hole through the living room floor, biting the mailman, etc.). It has taken me years to learn this, but it does seem to be the case that if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something ( myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind.)"

WOW! She speaks the truth, at least from my perspective. I have been ill at ease, and pacing inside my own head for a couple of months now. I knew something was off, but couldn't put my finger on it. When I read Liz's words, suddenly I knew: I am a writer who hasn't been writing for 9 months or so, and it is now time to give myself to my next writing project. The first step is writing about it here, and now I must go and begin to work with the beginnings of the book manuscript I already have. I looked it over yesterday, and Yes! It is a book! I have the title, the dedication and a beginning made on the Table of Contents. It is time to let the book have its way with me. It is as if it has been quietly sitting there these past 9 months, waiting for me to come back to it. I know that it is a book that only I can write as I am the only one as far as I know who has the unique mixture of experience that a family physician/ life coach/expressive arts practitioner could bring to writing about this topic. So here goes! "Clarity Therapy" is about to enter her own period of gestation, whether that be 9 months or 18 months. I am going to aim for a launch date of October 2017. It is good for me to have a goal like this to work towards. Let the games begin! Woo hoo!!


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