Do you spend as much time creating as you’d like to? Or does it get pushed way down your “to do” list like a neglected, unwanted child, and if it’s lucky, might get an hour of your time here and there when everything else is done?
The usual reason we’ll give for not spending more time creating is that, well, we don’t have time.
But it’s not really about time. It’s about priorities.
Everyone has the same 24 hours a day available to them to fill with what they feel is most valuable, most important. If you’re devoting very little, or none, of your 24 hours a day to creating, then maybe you don’t want it enough?
Besides, creativity isn’t THAT important really is it? You could give it up completely tomorrow if you wanted to, right?
Let’s go with this scenario for a moment.
What if you DID stop all creating tomorrow. What would your life be like? Would it be happier, more fulfilled, more stimulating, more rewarding than it is now? It’s unlikely.
We often overlook how vital a role creating plays in our lives, our personalities, our way of thinking and doing and being.
The renowned science fiction writer Isaac Asimov declared: “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
And if you look closely at your life, I believe the same would be true for you.
You wouldn’t actually physically die of course.
But without creating, without allowing your mind to dream, to unravel, to explore, to express all that’s burning within you, and without being able to outpour that in whichever forms of artistic expression you love, you might as well be amongst the walking dead.
Look at the other end of the scale. When you have been creating, when you’ve happily been completely lost in the flow of writing or painting or singing or dancing, how did you feel?
Wasn’t it like nothing else you’ve experienced? Doesn’t creating fulfill and inspire and nourish and make you happy in a way nothing else can?
And when you have this good feeling, do you keep it all to yourself? Of course not, it can’t be contained!
When you feel better, everyone around you notices it too, it’s infectious.
Oh but spending time creating is selfish you might say. How can it be selfish when regularly creating each day transforms your general good feeling and outlook and this positively affects the lives of all you come in contact with?
So let’s look at the facts about creating and the part it plays in your life.
– You can’t live without it.
– You can’t stop even if you wanted to.
– Creating brings something into your life that nothing else can, something amazing, something indispensable and irreplaceable.
– When you create you feel so much better and that good feeling spreads to others around you.
– When people see how you create, and what you create, they are inspired to create too, and the same energy flows through them and everyone close to them in their lives.
– Creating for fifteen minutes a day can soon form incredibly powerful long term and wide reaching creative habits.
– In each 24 hour day, there are 96 blocks of 15 minutes. Devoting one of them to creating is a little over 1% of your time. Big commitment huh?
This kind of life – this creative life – is something you’re not prepared to commit to, it’s not something you really want, it’s not something you have time for? Are you sure?
Think again. Then take action, make that first step. Create.
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