I was reading a book the other day on creativity.
The author mentioned that many people are motivated in life by the desire for a sense of satisfaction. Achieving a sense of satisfaction becomes the Holy Grail, seemingly implying if ever found that all will be well.
Workplaces can even be caught up in the satisfaction quest. Companies may be very concerned about employee “satisfaction” and go as far as surveying employees about this supposedly critical element.
What if satisfaction isn’t even the point, let alone the ultimate goal?
What if, as the author suggests, rather than satisfaction, well-being is found in involvement? Yep, good ol’ simple involvement in life.
And I began to think about blogging, writing and creating in general. Creativity, at its core, is not motivated by satisfaction, not even close. Creativity, however, is highly dependent on involvement by the creator.
You can not write a blog or two or hundred without being involved in your life or your topic.
It is your involvement that is the gift, both to yourself and your readers.
By being involved in your life to the point you have something to write about and express, guess what?
You have something to give– not take.
Your engagement and involvement, leading to expression, is the piece of you that your share with the world.
This is the extension of creativity reaching outward in an act of relinquishing a piece of itself to others.
When we blog, we are continually exchanging this gift. You are involved in your life, which leads to your creative expression. I, in turn, gain from your involvement, and one moves from an act for the individual to an act for the community.
And in the greater scheme, the specific topic of your involvement means very little. Heck, I just learned a lot about brushpiles from some one’s blog. 🙂
Had I ever thought about brushpiles before? No.
But why do I remember it and feel like I gained something?
Because someone was involved enough in her life to write about it, and thus, she had something to give.
You ever wonder if your blog is “worth” it? Does it matter?
Your blog is a means to involvement. And in involvement you have something to give.
Satisfaction really has nothing to do with it.