Our Composer of Music for Art is feeling a bit sad this morning. Finding herself in limbo somewhat, waiting on responses from artists to show on her website, waiting for responses from technical sources regarding problems with her website. She feels a bit like the spurned woman in a relationship, always waiting for the phone call. She feels alone, unconnected.
But a clarity comes with age. With her experience, and her strength, she can sit with this somewhat painful isolation. She can recognize something powerful in it for the good. There is a clarity in her thought, a strong sense of being in the moment. Although there is pain, there is not pity. Because she is living the life she chooses – a creative life – an artistic life.
These are times for her, between projects, when she is soliciting, working through technical issues and marketing issues, when she reviews in her mind everything she has accomplished and can accomplish. Her skills with language, her sensitivity to effective pairings of visual and sonic art, her mastery of her own creative and analytical thought process. Her strong physical condition, her overcoming of potential addiction. Her ability to perceive the experience of the other, to comment generously on that experience.
When the feedback comes, the acceptance, the recognition – and she knows it will as it has come before, she will be better prepared to effectively receive it, because of the preparatory period of isolation. This period of isolation gives her the opportunity to stroke herself – to recognize for herself the power within her, the gifts, the achievements. The isolation draws her out of herself (because it is too painful really to stay fully there for long periods and we are not expected to suffer more than necessary for our growth) And she remembers the healthy solution to this pain is to become curious and involved with the other.
This is a critical and sometimes overlooked, forgotten, aspect of her creative cycle. There must be some unselfconcerned interest in the work, and thought, and life of others. So this time becomes very effective time to catch up with social media, with facebook friends, with tweets, to expand social networks, to reconnect in the real world with neglected friends and communities, to grow old friendships stronger.
It is a time to practice strengthening her ability to be patient. So our Composer of Music for Art embraces these difficult moments in her creative process and cycle – begins to feel joy in these moments of opportunity to reconnect.
Be joyful in every point in your creative process, your creative cycle. Dig deeper each time you arrive at the increasingly familiar points in your jog around that creative track. Smell the flowers more deeply. Let your gaze rest a little longer on the moment, the opportunities of that moment. This is your gift – your ticket to lifetime growth. And you will go to your Maker with a smile. And He will say “Ah, my beloved partner in Creation – how fully you led your life – that is the way I hoped for you!