How is “It” (Creative Work) to be Done?
I like doing workbooks. Call me weird that at the beginning of every semester I chose one or two to complete. The workbooks can cover any topic- business, management, relationships, anger, shame. You name it, I have tried it.
The one I am working on now is called “Talent is Never Enough” by John C. Maxwell. The currernt chapter deals with how to complete large projects. I was to answer, quickly, the following questions: “What needs to be done? When does it need to be done? What part needs to be done first?” etc. Clicking along, I answered these with not too much thought in regards to some artistic projects I am completing.
I did the same with the following: “How is it to be done?”
I was struck by my quick, unconscious response. I wrote,
“With patience and kindness”.
How often do we ever, as artists or creators in any fashion, stop to approach our work process (and by extension, ourselves) with patience and kindness? I think the answer is – too infrequently.
We worry about deadlines. We manage time and commitments. We get out our supplies. We get organized. We chastise ourselves for wasting time. Seldom do we approach the sacred space and time of creation with patience and kindness for ourselves and the process.
We do amazing work as artists and creators. We take the imaginable and make it physical- no easy undertaking. It takes courage, guts, awareness, and smarts to be able to pull it all off. The process and the work it produces deserve our respect and kindness.
I want to think about this the next time I am in the studio. Rather than rushing in, ready to go, I want to envision approaching things differently. When I answer “How is it to be done?”, the answer will not come in the form of technique, but rather with attitude- with patienc and kindness. I hope you do the same for yourself and your creations.