Keeping The Eye on The Prize

March 18, 2011

I  had  been feeling very blocked about what to blog about this week .  So   I decided to ask a friend for some help who suggested that I blog about the intrinsic  joy   the creative process can offer.  It reminds me of  Buddhists  who   talk so much about the value of  bringing   full awareness to the present moment. I am talking about the more ordinary moments related to just sitting down and spending an hour working on a poem .  ( So I am not talking about the part of creativity related to the bigger dreams of wishing to be on the New York Times Bestseller List or wanting to get your painting  in a local gallery – not that these dreams are not important , they are  but that is not what this blog is about today)  Or it could be the sense of calm and inner peace someone feels after  spending time thinking and jotting down ideas about a character  for a short story.  I know firsthand  how much I enjoy when Deborah and I get  together and brainstorm  ideas for a particular chapter we might be working on.

It reminds me of a quote I read and loved by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , who says, “the process of discovery involved in creating something new appears to be one of the most enjoyable activities that any human can be involved in.”

So Happy Creating !!