I can live his moment so vividly in my mind. It was his experience, but I think about it sometimes. Ever since he told me about it, umbrellas have become a symbol to me. I'm not poor if I have one. I'm rich because I now have three. I won't get wet, and I don't have an ungrateful, nagging spouse. Life is good.
We choose whether or not to be happy, no matter what the weather is doing. Lately, I've been aware of how my thoughts effect my creativity. Am I drowning in a downpour, or sitting on a sunny beach under an umbrella's shade?
It's so easy to lose the momentum of our dreams. We can confide our hopes to someone who blows holes through them. Maybe they're just nasty, but often, the people who are destructive to our inspiration think they have our best interests in mind. They want us to be practical and safe. "Safe" never painted a masterpiece, created a vaccine, or changed the world.
You have to step out of your comfort zone to try something new. You have to be willing to stumble and fail when you try new things. You should even expect to stumble and experience set backs. If it was entirely easy, and anyone could do it, would it matter?
Motivation dies when we think too much of the past, or too much about the future. Past failures can make us believe our new efforts will fail too. Thinking about the future can make us fear the unknown. I think everyone can relate to fears of failure, but what about our fears of success? What if you write the perfect book, get a publisher, and have to do public speaking on a book tour? Or, are you so enraptured by your vision of the future that you don't sit down and do the things that make that future possible?
Most creative people have experienced the melting of time when you are so absorbed in what you're doing that hours disappear. For those of us who have experienced this, it's a ecstatic state we're always seeking and often disappointed in finding. We might try too hard, or avoid trying because we don't want to feel that disappointment. Do it anyway.
Do it in your own voice, in your own way. That's the gift that creative people give to the rest of the world, because nobody else can do what you can do.
It's something I've been telling myself a lot lately, and have been in a pretty blissed out state about it. I wrote 10,000 words this week. Yay!!! There may come a time when I feel like I'm standing in a downpour without an umbrella, but why ruin today with a prospect that's only a possibility? I'm choosing to see life as a sunny day on the beach for now :)