Even as we aspire as artists, and importantly so, to perfect our works, to grow continuously in our creative and productive capacity, so should we have some aspiration to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. When we recognize that our creative gifts make us partners in a unique way with the Creator, we seek to unify the internal world of our creative process with G-d’s ongoing process of creating our external world. Our soul seeks this unity with her Creator.
there are external worlds of influence and internal worlds. both need to be monitored. Our Composer of Music for Art just finished an intense 3 weeks of composition to complete a commission. it was probably the most intense, productive period she had experienced with the music writing. in the course of this time, her mind became increasingly focused on the issues relating to creation of the audio. time normally spent in general reflection – something that is part of her normal balancing – was sacrificed to this intensity. simple pleasures, like nurturing Deuce the gentle Spaniel muse, were sacrificed to some degree in this intensity.
so as the project winds down, and she catches her breath, she takes a look at neglected aspects of her life system and does some housekeeping, some repair. but the recovery goes beyond that. distancing from things valued enables us to return with new eyes, with a refreshed heart. we are ready to ask new questions – how can we take routines and raise them to new levels? how can we enrich the general quality of our lives?
so even as we sweep up, pick up, resume a more normal, balanced routine – we feel motivated, strengthened, capable of reaching for something higher in that very routine.
this process, this recovery from intense creative periods, is a reward unto itself, beyond the reward of the finished works themselves. this heightened awareness of our ability to grow, to reach further and higher, and this strength to actually take steps to stretch, is a great gift.
just as the gentleness of your daily creative routine enabled you to make a temporary transition into creative “high gear”, so you should approach your recovery time with gentleness, awareness – it is in itself a process that is maximized in the fullness of time. maybe you need to allow for some moderate self destruction. get drunk, eat an extra pint of ice cream, get laid a little more. trust yourself to go through it – to permit yourself. you are coming up to the surface, or down from the heights. you are thinking about new battles, new horizons, your mind is planning out great new things, and you are on the cusp of executing on those plans, and succeeding beyond your wildest dreams.