Creativity often comes from reactivity.

We set our creative intentions and then something unexpected arises.

I’ve had a week like that.

The illness of a friend, a family issue, and an unexpected visitor in town all meant that last week’s intentions haven’t quite made it from desire to done.

Not just yet.

And one of them has met with a major modification.

Creative Life

When life has other ideas to the ones we’ve carefully crafted, the creative practice is to accept that life knows best.

There’s new learning there for us: something else we need to know. Something we don’t know we don’t know.

Nothing for it but to sit with it and practice accepting it, as if we’d chosen it.

When we accept what happens along, we find life is always kinder to us than we would be to ourselves, if left to our own devising.

So that’s what I’m doing.

I’ll keep you posted about what’s going on when I know myself!

In the meantime, I’m holding in mind that the only difference between creativity and reactivity is whether the “c” comes at the start or in the middle.

Creative Work

And of course, work didn’t go out the window altogether.  I’m getting ready for Frankfurt Book Fair, the Indie Author Fringe and my upcoming workshop, How To Create Anything: From Desire to Done, the Creative Way.

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How about you? What are you creating?

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