This week, in our Creative Flow Practice Group, we’ve been exploring The Inner Elder: What To Do and What To Drop. You can join us for daily online flow practice (Inspiration Meditation and F-R-E-E-Writing) in our closed Facebook Group here.
As creatives we can be very influenced by each other and that obviously has huge upsides, but there is always the danger that we will be swept away into the latest things are we “should” be doing, or that somebody says will guarantee our success, or give us a short cut, or is somebody else’s idea of perfect.
There are thousands of ways to do things, and thousands of options we can take. How to choose?
The only way we can know for certain that something is right for us is to try it, test, and see. Yes, but we can’t try everything. There are whole swathes of things that we shouldn’t go near, because they are outside our remit, they are not what we are here to do.
To narrow down, we need to turn inside and this where our inner elder’s wisdom comes in.
In our flow practice this week, we considered this theme. Here are the questions we explored, through Inspiration Meditation and free writing.
Am I doing the work I should be doing? If I were to die in the next year or five years, is this the work I would like to leave behind me? Is this the work I would like to go out doing?
Am I doing too much? If yes, which of the smaller, less important tasks that I am doing can I drop?
Am I aiming high enough?
Am I getting enough creative rest? Enough creative play? Enough joy out of my days?
My Creative Week. Accomplishments: Week 42, Q3, 2019
How was your creative week, week 42 of 2019? You’ll find my creative doings for the week below. Share your week’s accomplishments, setbacks and side-tours in our Facebook group, under the three hats of creative maker, manager and marketer).
- MAKER: Hit my wordcount for Creative Self-Publishing. Wrote a poem for my patrons, a sonnet.
- MANAGER: Almost done on the dreaded taxes.
- MARKETER: Reviewing and culling Amazon ad keywords, like a gardener slashing at a hedge. Not much clearer on what I’m doing but keeping at it.
What about you, how was your creative week? What did you produce, process or promote in your creative business?
In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Marketer (who promotes).
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